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Hold My Place in Line Please!


While I served in the United States Army, I graduated Basic Combat Training as the Soldier of the Cycle or the Number 1 Soldier. During Advanced Individual Training, I earn the Soldier of the Cycle Award again and graduated with honors. I also earned the right to attend Airborne training and was selected for attachment to an Elite Unit. I thought that I had done some pretty good work while being in the Army. The only problem with my thought process was me, I was only thinking "I."

"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18 (NIV). I set myself up for failure with my thinking. The Lord was the one who had been guiding me all along, I was only riding His coattails. Yet, here I was out in front claiming these great abilities and skills. So the Lord took care of busy in March of 2007 and let me fall. I was so full of pride that I was in for a large fall that hurt bad!

I thought I was in the Army to do big things. Yet, my pride was a stumbling block and cost me. If I am truly to be Christ-like, I must have a change in attitude. Mark 10:42-45 gives us all we need to know about the attitude that we should have. For Christ came here to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. Here I am trying to put myself in the front of the line, but Christ is putting Himself in the back of the line.

I must humble myself and serve people. I must willing go to the back of the line and allow other people to take a stop at the front of the line. Seeking greatness is not something that Christ did, so that is not something that I should do. Being a humble servant and meeting people's needs what I should be doing.


**To the Ends of the Earth**

Red Beards

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