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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

True greatness is hidden

I've noticed an increasing intensity in newspapers, magazines and on television to promote fame and notoriety in our society. We are continually pounded by the message: what really counts in life is to have your name in "lights", your "fifteen minutes of fame", the admiration of our culture, to be known, praised in whatever field we are in.

On the cover of Time magazine this week is the headline:

Ambition: Why Some People Are Most Likely To Succeed. It continues: A fire in the belly doesn't light itself. Does the spark of ambition lie in genes, family, culture--or even in your own hands? Science has answers.

Well, that may or may not be true, but I do know that the Bible has THE answer. Ambition is not wrong. It's great to want to succeed, do the best we can, and obtain our goals in life.

Jesus himself said, "I didn't come to be served but to serve and to give my life as a ransom for many."

The way to the top is by going to the bottom.

I would suggest to you that real greatness is often hidden in the humble, simple, and unobtrusive acts of life.

I would suggest that to be truly great means that we have a correct understanding of ourselves. We must have a strong self-confidence combined with deep humility.

Most of the truly great things that are done in our society are done by those who had no need for the limelight.

To me, our small groups leaders are great.

Those who participate in the tasks of our church family without notice are great.

Reaching out to others in need is a sign of greatness.

I am surrounded by great people!

May we all be great today, by living with great patience, perseverance, and love.

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