Mark Twain said: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
So, here is the question: as believers are our ambitions self-serving or do they serve a larger cause? Do our ambitions diminish others and ourselves or do they result in blessing God, others, the world and us? How does Jesus’ statement “without me you can do nothing” impact this topic?
We live in a world, which likes to knock down people and takes joy when people fail. So, how do we deal with people who belittle us? What is our responsibility to those who belittle us with words or action?
What desires for significance does God put in us? Jesus claims those who will be great in the kingdom of heaven are those who humble themselves as a child, who are poor in spirit, who humble themselves instead of exalt themselves. What does that say to you?
Mother Teresa once said “Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.”