Jonathan thought he was the coolest kid in the neighborhood. Everyone knew that he had the best new toys, clothes and games as soon as they came out. Everyone on the block wanted to be his friend. Another little boy, named Oliver lived next door. Oliver was not popular, and his parents didn’t buy him new stuff except on special occasions.
One day, a new family moved to the neighborhood. The kids in the neighborhood gathered around to meet the family, and especially Eli, the new little boy. Jonathan shoved some kids to get closer to Eli and spoke up, “I am Jonathan. Stick with me and you will do just fine around our neighborhood.”
But Eli, who had arrived the night before, had already made friends with Oliver, who had been outside with his parents enjoying the stars. “Nice to meet you Jonathan, but my friend Oliver is going to show me around, maybe another time.”
Jonathan stomped off before anyone could say anything more. He had a good helping of humble pie that day. Jesus spoke about the importance of not thinking too highly of ourselves. Being humble is important for Christians.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11
What are some ways you can practice being humble?