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Matthew 23:12

"But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."

Man pulling a rickshaw

Jesus constantly reminds us that if we want to be great, we must be deferential and place others first.. This teaching conflicts with the values of our culture. Interestingly, when I searched Wix media for photos with the keyword "servant" or "humble" there was not a single result. But when I searched for the word "boss" or "leader" there were dozens of options. And isn't it amazing that universities offer a plethora of classes on leadership, but little to nothing on servanthood.

Today, consider how you can either exhibit humility or exalt someone else. Be very intentional about this activity. Afterwards, reflect on how this exercise can help you grow as a Christian.

If you are having difficulty thinking of a way to practice humility, consider collecting litter in a public place. For most people it is humiliating to pick up someone else's discarded trash. But it may be just the thing to remind ourselves that we are here to serve and not be be served.

(New Living Translation; photo credit: Egor Myznik via Unsplash)

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