Thoughts: When Richard Campbell Raines was appointed bishop of Indiana, he told his wife that now he was a bishop, he would conduct himself with utmost dignity, and he expected to be treated with great reverence and respect. The next morning his wife awakened him by hurling pillows at him and yelling, “Hi, Bish!”
Our families keep us humble. The youngest child arrives to find a cast of characters already on stage with well-defined rôles and scripts. This youngest child has only a bit part, and he needs to learn his lines quickly.
Although Jesus was Mary’s first born, his brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Juda and his unnamed sisters probably paid scant attention to his importance. “That’s my slingshot!” “Mom gave me this cookie!” Go get your own drink of water!”
A prophet is not without honor – except at home.
Discussion: Of what significance are the studies of birth orders in families?
Activity: Remember to honor our own prophets. Recently they cleaned and painted and installed new carpeting in our parsonage.
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