It's not about me

If the Queen of England or some other royalty comes to town, the headlines are predictable. Some people get excited. The Maplewood Police Department, along with other law enforcement people, did major planning when the president of the United States came to speak at the 3M Company. The mayors ride in flashy convertibles when various cities have their parades.

Special honor is afforded to people of a higher profile. This is proper and the way it should be. Those most closely associated to the individual are most interested. If the royalty is from Norway, those who are descendants of Norwegian immigrants are most interested. If the Queen of England comes, those of English heritage are most impressed. The same holds true for those of different political party persuasions.

Now let us shift to a higher echelon of royalty. The King of kings, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, The Lord of lords can make his presence known. If the Redeemer and Savior of all who respond when He calls is present, how do we respond? Some of us do not consider ourselves Christians. Some of us consider ourselves nominal Christians. We are not negative to spiritual things, just luke warm or moderately interested. Still others are very dedicated. They have a deep commitment and seek to live under the control of our Lord.

We should expect people to be proud if someone from their ancestral nationality does something outstanding. If a Swede wins the Nobel prize, naturally a lot of Swedes will talk about it. This is the way life works. Give credit where credit is due. If our favorite high school, college or professional team wins a game, we like to talk about the team or school.

What do we say when the one who made us and then redeemed us does something really great for us? He holds a mixed up world together. He forgives all of our failures if we but ask Him. He gives us life and health. If we are given special recognition for something, do we take all or most of the credit? Do we remember who has given us every ability that we have? It is easy to get proud over some honor given to us instead of reflecting the honor and praise to our Lord.

Let us not forget that for those of us who have and do experience a life of forgiveness that it is not about me. Let us not forget that for those of us who daily experience the joy of our Lord living in and through us that it is not because of me. We all need someone who will love us enough to hold us accountable and honest. The good life is not about trying to fill the hole in our hearts by indulging in all kinds of activities that never satisfy. The good life is about loving and serving our wonderful and loving Lord and all those around us. It is about Him and others. It is not about me.

For the '06 Club, Oct. 8 takes us to Isaiah 40 and Philippians 4.

Have a wonderful week as you let His love, joy, peace and patience flow through you to all those around you.

Crist Langelett, known to North St. Paul and Maplewood readers as a longtime Review columnist, is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul's Polar Arena. He is active in his local church and in civic groups.

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