True Greatness

 

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“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness

And his chambers by injustice.

Who uses his neighbour’s service without wages, and gives him nothing for his work,

Who says, ‘I will build myself a wide house with spacious chambers

And cut out windows for it, panelling it with cedar and painting it with vermilion

“Shall you  reign because you enclose yourself in cedar?

Did not your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness?

Then it was well with him.

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well.

Was not that knowing me?” Says the Lord. – Jeremiah 22:13-16

Who is a great man or woman? In answering this question, too often our minds go to the people on Forbe’s rich list, the heads of large corporations and organizations, political leaders, church leaders, Bestselling Authors, Celebrities, and so on. In our world, when we think of greatness, we think of power, affluence, the choice cars, the yachts, the jets, the jewellery , the assets in prime locations, and the other possessions people have. While most great people do have these things – which of course are good any way, having them does not qualify you for greatness.

“…Shall you reign because you enclose yourself in cedar?…” It matters not what house you live in – even if you live in the most expensive building on the most expensive place in the world. It matters not what clothes you wear, or what cars you drive. It matters not how powerful and famous you are. The measure of a man is what he does with the power, the fame, the money, the position, etc he now enjoys. Do your actions affect others around you positively? Have you helped somebody who couldn’t repay you? – You are great! Have you helped put a smile in the face of someone or the faces of a family? – You are great! Have you stood up for what’s right, and defended the truth, not minding the consequences, even the possible backlash from people around you? – You are great!

Do you really know God? Or you claim you do because of the position you occupy in church or in your faith? The scripture says knowing God, is how well you treat other people, especially the poor and the needy – the people at the lowest rung, often unnoticed in your office. That little child who cannot afford to attend good schools, parties, as your kids; who wishes he or she could own at least a toy, but cannot because of poverty or lack of parents. How you treat them determines whether or not you know God. In this age and time, when the world is so “I”, “ME”, “MINE” focused, if you are able to break free from yourself and reach out to others, you are great!

Live your greatest life! Know God!

 

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5 thoughts on “True Greatness”

  1. I completely agree with your sentiment regarding the general assumption of greatness being associated to material wealth. It is a serious malfunction in society that so much emphasis is placed on acquisition and not contribution.

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  2. Greatness to me is shown in how one lives their life. Not who they are, or what they do for a living, but how they walk through their day. For if you can walk in compassion, gratitude, humility and love, THAT is what I respect and try to do, every day. Namaste.

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