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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 27, 2019

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THURSDAY, June 27

Luke 22:27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

When we think about greatness, we basically imagine two types of people: those who are great and those who want to be great. We all recognize the egocentric folks and roll our eyes in disgust and pity. In my own field of medicine, I see this egocentrism all the time: unchecked ambition, singular focus; self-centeredness longs to see its name at the top, no matter what it takes to get there.

But I also see people like my friend Jack, someone who has quietly plugged along doing research and caring for patients because he wants to see neurosurgery improve. For as long as I have known him, he has wanted to serve this field of medicine. Spend any time around him, and you see a great man who serves others with his gifts and talents. He makes an impact wherever he goes.

Jesus urges us to forget about being the greatest and simply serve those he loves with authenticity.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you serve those you love most this week?

PRAY for the Diocese of Osaka (Japan)

Ps 105:1-22 * 105:23-45 | 1 Samuel 8:1-22 | Acts 6:15—7:16 | Luke 22:24-30

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