Our pastor tells a story about how France’s King Louis XIV planned his own farewell extravaganza. He left instructions that at his funeral service, the Notre Dame cathedral would remain dark except for a single candle above his golden coffin, the candle placed to shine on his greatness and inspire his mourners to awe.
The priest, Jean-Baptiste Massillon, carried out the plan—except just before he launched into his sermon, he snuffed out the candle and proclaimed, “Only God is great!”
Louis did not realize how weak he really was.
A friend of mine says she’s waiting for circumstances to change so she can be happy. She’s made some poor spending decisions, and now she gets several calls a week from debt collectors. But instead of paying bills, she buys more stuff. She wonders if she should declare herself bankrupt so she can start fresh. She’s too ashamed, though. And it would be so humiliating.
Maybe she should.
To be continued at bibledude…
Linking up with Michelle this week.
Diane W. Bailey says
Only looking at Christ can we be truly happy. Good thoughts today, Sandy!
We need to be aware of our weakness so that Christ can become our strength. Creating and sustaining our own identity apart from God is exhausting and ultimately unsuccessful. http://choosetotrust.com/2012/07/weakness-and-identity/