They thought we didn’t know. We did. Ok, all of you who are blue birds can sit over here. Red birds, go to the back of the room. They thought we didn’t know. We did. Second grade, one group could “read better” than the other group. They though we didn’t know. We did.
I want to be first! I want to be best. Good, better best. What does it mean? Corporate America. CEO’s make millions of dollars when the everyday worker struggles to make ends meet. Who will be the first CEO to say this isn’t just? They think we don’t know. We do. Leadership or abuse of power? The scared child in the adult body. I want to be first. I want to be best. They think we don’t know. We do. The pain in the midst of the bravado. Jesus knew, too. Actually, Jesus and other spiritual leaders knew too.
Luke 14:1,7-14 from the Christian scriptures. Jesus attended a dinner party. He noticed the guests choosing places of honor at the table. He told a story of others scrabbling for places of honor at a wedding banquet. Who really is better or best? Choosing seats? Know yourself, Jesus invites them. Know the truth about yourself and God and there is no need to wonder about first, best, or last. For it is not what a person can do that makes them great, it is who a person is that allows for ease to be self–without rank, without exerting power, without needing to put others down.
They think we don’t know. We do. Last place is really first place. Coming to grips with the truth, is the greatest wealth of all. Sharing gifts, encouraging others,working together for the common good this is the heart of happiness and contentment.
Embracing last place? In a circle of love, there is no last place. Just sharing from the heart, from the well-spring of the divine, from gratitude, from thankfulness while embracing goodness.
Our invitation is to embrace the last place of goodness.
Blessing and peace.