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Check your ego



'Moses was...more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.' Numbers 12:3 NIV

It took 40 years of living in the desert to sort out Moses' ego. Only then, at age 80, was he ready to live on God's terms. The Moses who emerged from the desert was very different from the Moses who entered it.

It's our desert experiences that keep our egos in check. Without them, we believe our own hype and get into trouble. God told King Saul, '[When]...you were [little] in your own eyes [I was able to use you...]' (paraphrase, see 1 Samuel 15:17 NIV). When Colonel Samuel Logan Brengle of The Salvation Army was once introduced as 'the great Colonel Brengle' he wrote in his journal: 'If I appear great in their eyes, the Lord is most gracious in helping me to see how absolutely nothing I am without him. He does use me. But I'm so conscious that he uses me, and that it's not of me that the work is done. The axe cannot boast of the trees it has cut down. It could do nothing without the woodsman. He made it, he sharpened it, he used it, and the moment he throws it aside it becomes only old used iron. Oh, that I may never lose sight of this.'

A young Englishman came to live in the community led by Gandhi. When assigned to clean toilets, he protested, 'Don't you know who I am? I have great things to do.' Gandhi replied, 'I know you can do great things; what I don't know is if you can do little things.'

So what now? Check your ego!

Soulfood: 1 Cor 7-9, Mark 15:1-11, Ps 68:1-18, Prov 25:13-16

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