A man I'll call Ted (not his real name) and his wife joined our church a few months back. They and their children are consistently present--Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night--and consistently cheerful. Ted introduced himself simply as Ted. This week I asked Ted what is daily work is. He said he worked at a certain medical facility. I asked what he does there. The answer? "I'm an emergency room doctor." I'm impressed with the fact that Ted is an MD, but I'm more impressed with the fact that he didn't mention it until he was pressed to do so. Through all of his years of schooling and residency he's earned society's respect, but he doesn't go around telling everyone about it.
His humility shows me my pride. How about you--are you quick to list your qualifications, or are you content to let the Lord take care of your reputation?
Father, erase me,
Wipe out, efface me.
Put me on the shelf
And show forth yourself.
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
--James 4:6, ESV