Bethel Baptist Church
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May 7th, 2012
May 7th, 2012

A Lesson in

Humility.  As one quote suggests, "Humility is a paradox. The moment you think you´ve finally found it, you´ve lost it. There has yet to be written a book titled, "Humility and How I Achieved It." And yet, God expects (and rewards) an attitude of servant-like humility in His followers." (anonymous)  According to wikipedia humility is "is the quality of being modest and respectful. Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, being connected with notions of egolessness."  It´s also a lesson most of us need to learn, but very few enjoy the process of actually learning it.

When it comes to the care and oversight of this website, I must admit, I have had more than a few lessons in humility.  Recently someone contacted our preschool and asked why they couldn´t email an important document to the email address listed on the site.  Apparently the email forwarding feature that is supposed to be part of this site hasn´t really been functioning since last summer.  Sorry if you have been inconvenienced.  

Today I learned another lesson: as I processed and uploaded the most recent sermon I decided to check the link to make sure it was functioning.  It wasn´t.  Turns out the entire month of April wasn´t working.  All you got was a "file not found" message.  Ugh. My sloppy work didn´t catch an error that was a recurring one (an extra digit in the file that wasn´t supposed to be there) preventing the sermon link from actually finding the file.  And that´s when it struck me: For over a month, the sermon links were not working.  And that´s the page that is probably viewed most often, other than the home page by virtue of default.  Following the logic that means that either a) no one had the courage to ask why the links weren´t working; b) no one cared they didn´t work; c) no one actually visited the sermon page; d) people did try to contact us but since the email forwarding links weren´t working we didn´t get the message.  Any way you slice it, the lesson in humility has been learned.

My family was talking about an issue at the dinner table - a co-worker of my daughter´s lack of humility, actually - and my wife reminded us of her favorite illustration.  It´s one I have used in sermons that I first heard in a Chuck Swindoll sermon and it goes something like this: "Take a bucket of water.  Now plunge your hand in it.  Now take it out.  Notice the hole you´ve left behind.  That´s right; there isn´t one.  That´s how important you are.  Yes, there are ripples that you leave behind showing you have had some level of impact, but the fact there is no hole shows that no one is that irreplacable."

Humility.  We don´t like learning the lesson, but it´s one the world could use more of these days.

Until next time,
Pastor Al

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