Former heavy-weight boxer James “Quick” Tillis was a cowboy from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tillis moved to Chicago to launch his career in the early 1980s. He still remembers his first day in Chicago after his arrival from Tulsa. Tillis said, “I got off the bus with two cardboard suitcases under my arms in downtown Chicago and stopped in front of the Sears Tower. I put my suitcases down, and I looked up at the Tower and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to conquer Chicago.’ “When I looked down, the suitcases were gone.”
From time to time, we all get a dose of humility in life. Truth is, that’s not always a bad thing! It is important to remember that the world does not revolve around us.
It’s said that famous college football coach Vince Dooley was once musing out loud, “I wonder how many truly great coaches there have been over the years.” His wife shot back, “Probably one less than you think!”
C. S. Lewis once said, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and of course, as long as you are looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.”
Let us pray: Loving God, we acknowledge that we can’t make it on our own for very long in life. We need you. The weight of the world is hard to bear on our own – so we are grateful that we don’t have to carry it. We turn over to you today any burdens or worries that are on our minds. And we trust in your love and power and grace. Amen.
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