I was in middle school, and my mom had just dropped me off to youth group.  When I walked in, I noticed a strange arrangement on the stage:  basins with water and towels.  As our pastor shared the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, I sat unmoved and unimpressed.  When he concluded, he asked us to come forward to have our feet washed by him and his wife.  So I got up and walked to the back of the sanctuary and crouched in the last pew.  As the guitarist played, my peers engaged in this somber act of worship.  Not me.  I was too cool.  :::  It’s hard to be humble when you think you offer, have or are the best.  It’s hard, but it’s right and not impossible.  Jesus proved that.  Jesus offered us the best:  eternal life, but he was humble enough to suffer for it.  Jesus had the best:  Heaven, but he was humble enough to come to Earth.  Jesus was the best:  sinless, but he was humble enough to wash the dirty feet of sinners.  I’ve had many hard-to-be-humble moments.  Along comes something that gives me a “one-up” on those around me.  And it’s not that I take pride in it, it’s that I take pride too far.  It was hard to be humble in that youth group service, but as I confess this, it’s hard to be proud.  This post begs a question:  if I’m gonna let pride take me to the top, am I gonna let humility bring me back down?  (Proverbs 16:18)  God, forgive me for ever being too proud to be humble.  Your entire life was a display of humility.  In your greatest display of humility, you suffered and died in real flesh, real pain for our sins.  Lord, help me to be humble. Help me be more like you. Amen.

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