Another Side of Sunday: Humbleness

It doesn’t happen every Sunday. Not even once a month. Sometimes things line up on a Sunday morning, and you know you’ve been changed. Maybe not on the outside where others can see, but deep down on the inside where it really counts.

As we focused on God’s holiness in Praise and Prayer my mind kept drifting to the left. It’s not always there, the water trough turned baptismal pool with the help of white linen. When the service ended, I walked quietly to the pool and touched the water. I was quickly jolted from my thoughts by the its temperature. It was cold… really, really cold.

I thought, ‘The only thing this person is going to remember about their baptism is how cold the water was.” I gathered others, and we began the process of moving gallons of water across the church. I wish I could describe the experience of carting buckets of warm water into the sanctuary. It wasn’t an easy or short task. We lifted buckets, dripped water, stooped to clean it up. I wondered at the joy filling my heart in the group as they prepared the way.

The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Matthew 23:11-12

I heard the gentle rattle of her walker as worship began. “We’re late,” she whispered. Those who had gathered, sat in their usual place and in the moment shifted to make room for them.

When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.

Luke 14:8

The preschooler asked, “What’s that big white thing up there. Can I go see what’s in it?” I smiled as he tried to wiggle his way closer during the children’s sermon.

 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 19:14

The time came and the two sisters took their place beside the preacher. I watched as the first bowed low. Her sins washed away in the pouring of water.


Exalt the LORD our God! Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!

Psalm 99:5

The second lowered herself into the water, until every inch was under.

I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.

Psalm 119:25

Oh, what  a reminder I received of the great privilege it is to be called a child of God.

We must never forget to recognize God is holy, and He invites us to prepare the way for others to know Him like we do. His church has one purpose, one single focus. It’s not doctrine or detail, not the building or worship style. It is stooping low, moving over, allowing God to use us to bring others to Him. That’s it! Nothing else matters. Not. One. Single. Thing.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

James 4:10

You are holy Lord and I am not! I’ve forgotten my focus at times. I’ve chosen the place of honor, lifted myself above others, and failed to show the lost a way to You. Forgive me Jesus for I’ve let my own baptism become a faint memory. Remind me again Lord, how you walked low, burdened with the weight of Your cross. How spikes entered Your flesh and the sword cut your side. How you spoke, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Remind me of the moment you took Your last ragged breath and entered the grave just for me. I come to You now laid low, humbling myself before You. Lift me up God. Set my feet on the firm foundation of who You are and who I am in You. Let me not miss one opportunity to make a way for others to know you.  Amen.

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