“You’ve been UnScrooged from stinginess enough times to know the easiest way to make yourself smile is to make someone else smile first.”- Max Lucado
“Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you , let him be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”- Matthew 20:26-28 (NKJV)
Max Lucado concludes Chapter 7 of How Happiness Happens as he wonders if the disciples really listened when Jesus spoke. Just prior to the mother of James and John asking Jesus for a selfish favor (Matthew 20:20-21), we read how Jesus told:
- His disciples how to imitate the spirit of children (Matthew 19:13-15)
- the rich young ruler to let go of his possessions and trust God (Matthew 19:16-21)
- His listeners that “the last will be first and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16)
- His prediction of His own death, burial, and resurrection (Matthew 20:17-19)
However, not one of Jesus’ followers asked Him to explain what humility means. Nor did anyone comfort Jesus. Instead, the only response came from the mother of James and John. As Max quips, she requested cabinet positions for her sons in the new kingdom.
Following His resurrection, Jesus appeared on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus called out to the disciples and told them where to find fish. Then they realized it was Jesus. Of course, Peter dove into the water and swam to shore. When everyone had reached the beach, they noticed Jesus cooking breakfast. Jesus, the Commander of the Universe, wore the apron. Above all, Max adds, Jesus has yet to remove it.
In conclusion, Pastor Lucado observes, there’s one surefire way to elevate your joy. Give joy to others!
Today’s question: UnScrooged from stinginess, how do you make someone else smile first? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Your Levi = your opposite you”