Jesus said to the disciples, “Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4

Choosing Greatness

I do believe that God has gifted each of us with a certain measure of greatness. It is hidden within us and we just need to bring it out and use it to serve God and all humanity. We were born with goodness and trust, with ideals and dreams to pursue. We were endowed with built in greatness. But greatness is not to be confused with fame. Greatness is deep and long lasting. It comes from within and is deserving of respect. Fame tends to be fleeting and superficial. Satan did not offer Jesus greatness, but fame. Jesus did not seek fame but chose instead to do the will of God. We can learn to recognize and evoke the greatness not only within ourselves but in each other. Famous artists perceive greatness in both nature and people, and it manifests itself in their works of art. Sculpture is the art of exaggeration. The sculptor produces work that is larger than life, and which has a majestic quality to it. In the words of Henry Ward Beecher, “Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of our strength. He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.”

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