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Wouldn't it be great to be great? You know what I mean- a famous person, an extraordinary individual, a legend in your own time. And it wouldn't just be about the press coverage, the media interviews, and the box seats at sporting events. Being great would be great because you would know deep in your heart that your life mattered. You would be able to justify your existence, confident that you had left your mark in time and space. But I guess being that kind of person is reserved for just a few folks. You know, the ones who are highly talented, extremely educated, and in the right place at the right time. The rest of the population has about as much chance of achieving greatness as winning the lottery- right?
I've got a radical thought for you- so pay attention because your chance at greatness is just around the corner. In fact it can start just as soon as you finish reading this devotion.
You see, it all depends on how you define being 'great'. If that means popularity, money, or something named after you, then you're right- you are probably never going to have that happen. But let me ask you- do you know the names of the rich and famous from just 100 years ago? They thought they were pretty hot stuff at the time, but now they're six feet under and took nothing with them. Maybe some things were named after them, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't recognize most of the names if I heard them.
But there is another kind of greatness - one that the greatest of all talked about:
Here's what He said: "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave-- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:26-28)
Here is a person who knows what He was talking about. Just for the record, here are the official results:
"Twenty centuries have come and gone and today Jesus is the central figure of the human race, and the leader of mankind's progress. All the armies that have ever marched, all the navies that have ever sailed, all the parliaments that have ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned put together, have not affected the life of mankind on earth as powerfully as that one solitary life."
Jesus showed us that we can all achieve greatness by considering others more important than ourselves. If we do that, we'll leave an impact that will last for eternity. What a contrast to the typical attitude of the "great" person!
Here's a quote for us to consider:
Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
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