Intermittent posts at present because I are lurgified.
There’s a nasty little bacterium that is making his way through the members of our family. He started with Sally (sinusitis) and then found a spot in my throat that he likes (pharyngitis). He now seems to be making his home in Hannah’s throat too.
Yesterday I went to the GP’s surgery and was impressed that my sore throat has such a fancy name. I was even more impressed when I got the prescription for ‘phenoxymethylpenicillin’. That’s quite a mouthful. The name, not the tablets: they are quite small (which seems ironic). We will find out a little later what the bacterium has managed to do to Hannah and I will be interested to see if her tablets / medicine have a fancier name than mine as she is allergic to penicillin.
These long fancy names remind me of Jesus’ call to humility. There’s no place in his kingdom for celebrities, fame and fortune-seekers, inflated egos or pride. Just good, honest humility. I think of this when I read one of the famous prophecies about Jesus:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
It would have been very easy to have a bit of an ego problem if that is what people were saying about you. Instead he happily used his given name, Jesus, which is a Greek form of ‘Joshua’ and would have been a very common name. Of course it also means ‘God saves’ so is even more apt and descriptive than the names of certain tins of varnish!
Be proud of your humility.