Be Careful Of Pedestals

August 12, 1999
by Mary Daniel

Luke 18:9,13,14 – And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased: and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (KJV)

We are often tempted, when receiving a treasure, or handling old family heirlooms, to put them up high, lest they be touched by little hands and be broken. Many times the reason behind placing things higher is for greater viewing, or display; and yes, there is a certain adoration or elevation of worthiness which accompanies such things.

Those of us who live on an earthquake fault line are told not to put things up high, and that anything which is, such as mirrors and paintings, should be bolted to the wall. So then, if it is high, it must be tight and secure so that it won't fall.

People are often put on pedestals. They are elevated to that position because someone or many people think their actions make them worthy of being placed there. The only problem is that, if the person on the pedestal elevates self to that position and loses humility, that person's security begins to loosen and, even without little hands or earthquakes, such a person is more likely to fall.

It is wonderful indeed to be appreciated, to be well thought of, to have someone or many people think highly of us. We must however, remember that there are no pedestals with God. Even His Son walked among us, wearing the same clothes as His fellow men. He did not place himself on a pedestal. To be respected, we must respect. To be loved, we must love. To receive thanks, we must know how to give it. To receive encouragement, we must encourage others.

Prayer: Teach us, Father, to be humble in all things. Let us not place ourselves above one another. Help us to pass on encouragement which we ourselves have received, to show respect to those whom others may shun, to love where love has been lost; and in so doing, may we give You our thanks. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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Mary Daniel <marydee@shaw.ca>
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

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