My friend, may I ask you a question? Growing older can be humbling especially when it’s accompanied with disease and disability. Yet, despite the fact that age and its inevitable baggage may give us pause to go incognito sometimes; is it so bad when it comes time for others to shine and us to dim a bit?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Having been a father for many years, I’ve learned over time that my status as a dad has changed as my children matured, left and moved on. I remember when Dan, my son, was three-years-old and I towered over him with my six-foot-plus frame. I was the king in his life for a time. There was no one taller or wiser I bet. But, as the years passed, Dan now towering over me by several inches, my crown of fatherhood has taken on a necessary tarnish. I made no mistakes when Dan was three. Funny how that changed as he got older. Now I make them all the time. I’ve come to accept his changing, sometimes challenging gaze; the skepticism that I read in his eyes. I’ve also gotten use to holding my crown in hand more often than not. It comes in handy when humility comes knocking at your door.
Growing older can be humbling especially when it’s accompanied with disease and disability. Yet, despite the fact that age and its inevitable baggage may give us pause to go incognito sometimes; is it so bad when it comes time for others to shine and us to dim a bit?
Here’s a story: At a reception honoring the famous, English musician Sir Robert Mayer on his 100th birthday, many of the rich and famous London crowd were in attendance. One such personage, the elderly British socialite Lady Diana Cooper, fell into conversation with a friendly woman who seemed to know her well. Lady Diana’s failing eyesight pre- vented her from recognizing her fellow guest, until she peered more closely and realized she was talking to Queen Elizabeth! Overcome with embarrassment, Lady Diana curtsied and stammered, “Ma’am, oh, ma’am, I‘m sorry ma’am. I didn’t recognize you without your crown!” The queen touched her shoulder gently and smiled. “Not at all, Lady Diana. It was so much Sir Robert’s evening,” the queen replied, “that I decided to leave the crown behind.” (Today in the Word, April 3, 1992.)
You and I shine in many ways. Perhaps God has given you some special skill or status. Humility doesn’t mean you need to think less of yourself than of other people, nor have a low opinion of your skills or status. It simply means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other. It means that if you wear a crown of skill or honor, keep watch for those times when others need to shine and you need to fade. Stepping aside to give others their chance to be recognized is God’s way of keeping you and I humble; able to wear the crown AND share the crown. That’s true humility in Christ!
We pray. Heavenly Father, how we thank you for the wonderful example of true humility that is seen in the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, who despite being God incarnate, lived his life in humble submission to you, learning to be both submissive and obedient by the things that he suffered. Help me to develop the beautiful spiritual fruit of humility that is so important in the lives of all your children. Teach me I pray, to live as Christ lived – in the power of the Spirit and to your praise and glory. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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