Monday, March 1, 2010
“Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality
with God something to be grasped,”
Philippians 2:6 (NIV)
Jesus chose not to boast that He was God’s Son. He went about what He was supposed to do while on Earth. Jesus didn’t laud it over the ones He met.
I worked with a lady who had earned a doctorate in education and could have insisted that she be called, ‘Doctor’ but she introduced herself with her first name. She had been in education before she took the job at the library. Her advanced degree studies were in reading education. If you didn’t see her name tag, you didn’t know she possessed three earned degrees. She knew her job and did it well.
We see people who wish to be treated as regular, in spite of their advancements. Some pastors answer to their title, some seem comfortable being called by their first name. I had a counselor who told me to call him by his given name. I felt comfortable with him.
In walking through our world, we want to appear genuine to those we meet. We try to do this in ways that don’t burden those we are trying to get to know. Coming from a background that is difficult to talk about, I prefer not to tell all my deep feelings about things in my past. But I try to be pleasant and understanding of their situation.
As children of God, we are not exempt from the travails of this life. We should always try to realize that we are no different than the next person who walks down the street.