Memorial Day 2014:
I was getting in an early morning workout at the city park in my husband’s hometown. For the weekend, the city had arranged a flag display honoring military members from the community dating back to revolutionary times. Hundreds of flags surrounded the park’s pond. It was a moving and patriotic sight.
As I came down a straightaway on the path, I caught a glimpse of him through the blowing flags: the picture of humility.
A young police officer was carefully straightening each flag. As he went, he adjusted the plaques showing names, military branches, and dates of service. And while I’m certain there was not much else that required his attention at 6:30 a.m. on Memorial Day in small-town Illinois, I’m also sure this was not part of his duties.
This man, whose position in the community could be a source of pride and power, had laid that aside. Instead, he chose to see his profession as a call to service. That’s what humility is.
It is not low self-esteem or powerlessness. It is not fear or unwillingness to stand for truth. It is the recognition that any power or position held is not self-earned, it is granted--and often at a price to others.
Paul gives us great instruction in Philippians 2:1 - 18. He reminds us that as Christians, we are also called to serve with humility. That does not mean that we are powerless, fearful, or lowly. Looking to Christ as our model, we can serve out of gratitude for the indescribable gift which He has given and the adopted status which we have been granted in God’s family.
- Guest Blogger, Leah Kirk, and the Next Generation Team