The presents had been opened. The games had been played. It was time for the birthday cake. One little guy blurted out, “I want the biggest piece!”
His mother was mortified. Her face flaming, she pulled her son over to the side and rebuked him, “Son, it isn’t polite to ask for the biggest piece.”
He looked up at her with a puzzled look on his face and replied: “Well then, how do you get it?”
Sounds like our day, doesn’t it? How do I get the biggest piece? Wouldn’t it be refreshing for for someone to ask for the smallest piece … and not because they are dietiing?
Here’s another way to look at this: The math teacher posed a problem for one of her students. She knew the little girl had seven people in her family so she asked her a question. “How many pieces would your mom cut so that every member of the family would have an equal share?”
It didn’t take the young lady long to answer. She said, “Six.” The teacher corrected her, “No, that isn’t right. You need seven pieces.”
“No, ma’am. She would cut six pieces.” The teacher didn’t like her response so she tried again. “She would need seven pieces. You don’t know your math.”
The little girl replied, “Ma’am, you don’t know my mom. She would cut a piece for everyone to have plenty and she would say that she wouldn’t want any.”
I had a mom like that. You probably did or do, too.
Jesus made it clear. He set an example He expected His followers to take seriously. He said the first would be last. He stated that He came to serve, not be served. He changed the way the world looked at humility. There was a time when humility was considered a vice, a weakness. Jesus turned it into a strength, a value.
Serve somebody today. Not because you have to, but because you can. Take second place or third or fourth. Let someone have your space. Be polite. Extend courtesy. If nothing else, they’ll wonder what you’re up to!