I, me, myself

Don Shula was an acclaimed dolphin coach in Miami. He once took his wife and five children for a holiday to the small town of Maine. There was a downpour one afternoon, so Don Shula decided to spend the afternoon watching a movie in the town’s only theatre.

When they entered the theatre, they were shocked to find only six people inside and it was already time for the movie to be screened. The lights were still on. The six people stood up and applauded with smiles on their faces.

 Don Shula waved his hands at them and returned a broad smile. The lights were dimmed and the movie was about to begin. Shula told his wife: “We are almost a thousand miles from Miami and they are giving me a standing ovation. They must have seen me with the dolphins on television for sure.” Just then, one of the six came up to Shula and gave him a handshake. Shula, with a radiant smile on his face, asked: “How did you recognise me?”

The man gently replied: “Sir, I do not know who you are. I just want to thank you, because, just before you and your family walked into this theatre, the theatre manager informed us that unless four more people came for the movie, the movie would not be screened today.”

It is humorously said, that the population of the world of someone inflated with pride is three; I, Me and Myself. 

There could be times when we tend to think so much of ourselves that we think less of others. Humility does not either imply thinking less of ourselves, for God has created us to appreciate ourselves as much we should others; that is why Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 

When this happens, we create space for others. We become accommodative, in friendships, in marriage and in employment circles or in just about any kind of community life.

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honour at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. So, when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ 

Then you will be honoured in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Luke 14).

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