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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Very Humbly Flying High

Matthew 25:40 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
40 “And the king will reply, ‘I assure you that whatever you did for the humblest of my brothers you did for me.’

Numbers 12:3 (NIV)
3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

We should never jump to the conclusion that "the humblest of these" [the least of these] applies only to the obviously weak and severely cowed.  For example, Moses stood before no less than Pharaoh and demanded Let my people go ..which looks a lot to me like gutsy Chutzpah..

Tonight I viewed from our movie library The Aviator (based upon the life experiences of Howard Hughes). He was known to be born to wealth and privilege.

I find myself feeling great sympathy towards younger folk driven by big ideas in order to make their mark upon the world with singular achievement (like Howard Hughes).  It would be a sad thing to see the flaming life-force of our youth content with small ideas and deep-dive lethargy.  Just as I like to see youth motivated by big ideas, I can be hugely disappointed when seeing older folk are captured by tiny self-centered ones.

Finally...I have been sorely tempted to tish-tish famous entertainment talent that crash-burned in later stages of their careers.  I think we should just stop for one minute and consider as well our own contributory blame ....for example when we overbearingly insist that we should "get-a-piece" of them whenever they are seen in public or fanatically swoon in worship before them so that they must forfeit their soulful need for even a passing moment of quiet dignity.  This perspective is brilliantly critiqued towards the final plot development in The Holy Man (Eddie Murphy).