Humility is an interesting challenge. How do we get out of the spotlight? How do we do things in ways that don’t call attention to ourselves?
I suppose this thinking was triggered by having spent several conversations during the past couple weeks looking at Paul’s story about how Jesus humbled himself. (I talked about it last week in a post called Concrete.)
This morning I had a chance to wrestle with practical application of the idea of humility, and I write about it with full awareness that it look pretty unhumble
This morning we had a guest speaker in our two worship services. Because I have worked with him, I did the introduction.
In the first service, after the usual biographical details, I said that eleven years ago he and I had talked about my future, a conversation which led me to my current day profession as an associate pastor. I choked up a bit as I said it.
It was completely true information. It established my relationship to Steve and Steve’s to me. It was, I suppose, a public way of saying thank you. It also put me right in the middle of the introduction.
In the second service, after the usual biographical details (the same ones as in the first service), I said, “… and he really really really loves Jesus.”
When introducing someone who will talk about God, doesn’t it make more sense to define his relationship with God than his relationship with me? To the extent that Steve is more credible than me with this audience, why steal strokes for me?To the extent that I am bringing Steve credibility with the people that know me more than they know him, why drag our relationship to the center?
Maybe too much analysis. I know. But maybe fine-tuning matters.