speaking of humility…

The Max Lucado reading for this week was so funny.  He talks about how he went on a book tour, and all the praise went to his head. “Why, if I had been born 2,000 years earlier, it could have been the gospels of Matthew, Max, Luke and John.”  Then came an autograph signing where hardly anyone attended.  So he didn’t have much to do there.  “I signed all the books at my table.  I signed all the Lucado books on the shelves. I signed Tom Clancy and John Grisham books.”  There’s more to it, but you should read it for yourself.  It’s in “Cure for the Common Life”; or if you want to sign up for free email devotionals:  crosswalk.com.

Of course, people like Max Lucado would definitely have trouble with humility.  I would, if I could write like him!  The ending of that particular devotional is priceless, as usual:  “When you’re full of yourself, God can’t use you.  But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel.”

The Mom got a funny idea… “Maybe the reason I keep getting fat, is because it helps me keep humble?”

Our sermon for today sort of fits in with humility.

It was about forgiveness, and being ‘Spirit-ual’.  The reference was when the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples, commissioned them, breathed the Holy Spirit on them, and said that whoever they forgive would be forgiven; plus the excerpt from Ezekiel about the dry bones.  The idea of course, is that we cannot forgive on our own–we need the Holy Spirit’s help.
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