Lent ‘11

Booker T. Washington, the famous black educator-

– became the president of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881.

Shortly thereafter, he was taking a walk through town when a wealthy white woman stopped him.

She didn’t recognize the well-known man, so she asked if he would like to earn a few dollars by chopping wood for her.

Mr. Washington smiled, rolled up his sleeves, and set out to work on the chore she had requested.

When he finished, he carried the logs into her house and stacked them by the fireplace.

A little girl recognized Washington working outside the woman’s house and later revealed his identity to her.

The next morning, the embarrassed woman went to Mr. Washington’s office and apologized profusely.

To which he replied, “It’s perfectly all right, Madam. Occasionally I enjoy a little manual labor. Besides, it’s always a delight to do something for a friend.”

A truly humble man or woman is oftentimes hard to find.

But God gets great joy in blessing those believers who are selfless.

Being humble is not a natural instinct.

Rather it is a God-given mandate for holy living.

Jesus Christ’s life is the perfect example of humility.

Though He was God-

Jesus sacrificed His position of honour and entered humanity as a humble Saviour.

Believers should also follow the Lord and humble themselves before God and others.

For the Bible says “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12.

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on the cross!" Philippians 2:5-8.

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