Thursday, April 28, 2011
SOAP - Week 6: Sirach
SOAP: Scripture verse, Observation, Application, and Prayer.
S - "My son, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. For great is the power of God; by the humble he is glorified." (Sirach 3: 17-19)
O - Humility inolves recognizing that God and virtuous others are actually responsible for the achievements in our lives. When someone is truly humble, they do not start every sentence with "I." "I did this" and "I did that..." They have a true desire to put others first as Christ has taught us. Some people are aware that being a 'giver of gifts' wins over affection from others. We have to be wary of those who are kind to the poor for the sake of popularity - by drawing extra attention to themselves. It is the true 'giver of gifts' that loves because it is their whole way to life. They do not try to help others with selfish attention-seeking motives.
A - If we remain humble in our affairs, we will glorify God. God is love and we will be remembered for the love we poured out to others in our lives. We do not need to take the most important seat every where we go. It is better to take more of a back seat at first so that with one's dedication and commitment through time will be seen in the light of day (transparency). They will be able to earn respect and more of a leadership role in affairs through their actions and good deeds. Our track record can speak for itself. Our past accomplishments speak loudly as to what our future can hold. This is why it is so amazing to me why so many arrogant politicians have attained office. How are people/voters blind to those that are too proud? It is a mystery/dilemma. Although, I believe it is more of dilemma than a mystery - if you have ears, please hear and vote wisely!
P - I pray that all Americans will be committed to keeping arrogant politicians from holding office. We need to bring a committment to serve others back into the spotlight of our country.