Saturday, March 24, 2007

The most overrated virtue

I think the most overrated and misunderstood virtue is humility.

I think that humility has been misused to cover up fear, cowardice and faithlessness too many times.

Jesus was considered the most humble person yet he had no hesitation to do the following:

1. He called Herod "a fox". (Luke 13:32)
2. He cursed a fig tree.
3. He said "all authority on heaven and earth has been given me..."
4. He said that "we can ask of anything..."

And I can list a dozen more instances.

Humility means that recognize that we should serve others, not reducing ourselves or engage in self-mutilation or deprivation. It means that we recognize that our fellow men are deserving of respect, love and our help. We do not serve others by reducing ourselves. The Bible calls this false-humility.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Can You Drink This Cup?

They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory."

"You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?" (Matthew 10:37-38)

The thing about ambition is that we must always calculate carefully whether we are able to handle the pressures that go with the job.

Do you really want to be an entrepreneur, an actor, a boss, a salesman, etc? It isn't a bed of roses. That's what Jesus said. Do we know what we are asking for?

So when we think about what we want to do, do not just consider the rewards but also the price to pay.