As we begin a new year, sometimes it is a helpful reminder to us to keep our pride in check. Jesus once told a parable in which he said: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host... But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher;’ then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you” (Luke 14:8, 10).
I read a story several years ago about a man who invited his boss to dinner in their home. The boss was a very egotistical sort who began almost every sentence with “me” or “I”. He noticed that his employee’s five-year-old son was watching him very closely. Finally, the staring became too much for him. He said to the child, “Why are you looking at me?”
The boy replied, “My father says that you are a self-made man.”
The man straightened his shoulders and threw his head back a bit. “Well, yes, I guess that would be a fair assessment of me.”
“Well, what I want to know,” said the boy quite innocently, “is why did you make yourself that way?”
Leave it to a five year old to punch holes in human pretension. When around five year olds, be careful what you ask them. And... have a happy New Year!