First Base Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (ESV)
Second Base Pride is competitive by nature and tries to lift a person above others, so promoting conflicts rather than harmony. By contrast, humility accepts a place of service, with concern for the needs and interests of others (v. 4). Love (v. 2) is essential for humility. (Source: Reformation Study Bible)
Third Base One of the greatest baseball announcers of all time – Vin Scully was known for his phrase, “It’s time for Dodger baseball! Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be.” Richard Justice, MLB Writer said, “Scully has prided himself on a minimalist style — that is, describing the action and then allowing fans to live the moment for themselves through the roar of the crowd and their mental imagery. Beyond any of that stuff, though, is the man himself. This is what’s stressed by the people who know Scully best. They speak of his decency and humility, his relentless belief that no man on Earth has ever been luckier.” (Source: Richard Justice – MLB Writer / Columnist)
Home Plate As Christian parents, coaches, pastors, and church leaders, the greatest lesson we can teach our children is humility. In an age when it is all about me, me, me, look at me, we must step up and be intentional when modeling and teaching our children what it means to have the abundant life in Christ. Christ is our #1 example of humility. Throughout his life on earth, Jesus demonstrated a spirit of profound humility, saying that he came “not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).
On his last night with the disciples, he took a towel and basin and washed their dirty feet (John 13:1–11), instructing them to follow his example of servanthood with one another (John 13:12–17). Andrew Murray captures it well, “Christ is the humility of God embodied in human nature; the Eternal Love humbling itself, clothing itself in the garb of meekness and gentleness, to win and serve and save us.” Vin Scully said, “I attribute [my life] to one thing and one thing only — God’s grace to allow me to do what I love for 67 years. It’s not me. I’m the vessel it was handed down through. “My cup runneth over. God has been incredibly kind to allow me to be in position to watch and broadcast all these monumental events. I’m filled with thanksgiving.” Only when we acknowledge that everything we have, everything we are is the product and result of God’s grace will we understand true humility.
Final Out Father today as we go about your work using he gifts you have given us, let us remember that we should not get caught up in boasting about our accomplishments but leave that to others. Instead let us in all humility be caught up in giving all praise to You for the abilities you have given to us so when we come to the end of our journey the next words we will hear are “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Amen (Mathew 25:21-23)