Luke 14:8-11 – When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, "Give this man your seat." Then, humiliated you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, "Friend, move up to a better place." Then you will be honoured in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Recently I was watching Guarding Tess, starring Shirley Maclean and Nicholas Gage, and, chuckling at a particular scene, it struck me that often we think of ourselves more highly than we should. We've all done it at one time or another. Throughout the first part of the movie, Tess Carlisle, a kidnapped former first lady, argues constantly with the Doug Chesnick, the head of her secret service detail. However, when it comes down to it, Doug cares about Tess and she not only knows it, but she actually likes him (though no-one there knows why!). The scene I was chuckling at was the one where Tess is dug up out of on old barn, and rushed by medivac to the local hospital; well almost. As is to be expected, the CIA, the FBI and all the other hotshots that have been "leading" the search for Tess, hop into the helicopter, and it takes off, only to come right back down again. The helicopter pilot tells the hotshots to get out of the helicopter, because Tess wants Doug and the rest of her secret service detail in the chopper with her. "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to think of ourselves as you would have us think of ourselves. Help us to place the needs and wants of others in front of our own. Put us in the place that you have set for us. Amen.

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Alexander McIlwraith
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