Published Sunday, October 14, 2012
There is wisdom to be gained by reflecting on the past.
My mind often takes me down memory lane to memories that can contribute much to the living of a better life in today’s world.
It seems to me that, back then, we worked harder at the art of living the good life than we do today.
For example, if a young boy seemed to be too puffed up with himself, he was described as “getting too big for his breeches.”
That was all that needed to be said. He knew he was too sassy in his speech, and too filled up with himself.
In short, he needed to be brought back down to earth.
It was a lesson that would send him onward to learning the wise adult saying: “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package.”
The Apostle Paul, in his great wisdom, said it another way: “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think (Romans 3:3).”
That is a pertinent word for all of us. And although said, in another way, I recall the dear elderly lady sitting on the front row of her church when a new, young “hot shot full of himself” preacher entered the pulpit and was a total flop.
He tucked his head and hurriedly left through a side door. The old lady said, “I knew when I saw him come up on the platform, he had his wick turned up too high.”