Youâ€™re blessed when youâ€™re content with just who you areâ€”no more, no less. Thatâ€™s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that canâ€™t be bought. — Matthew 5:5, The Message
How do you measure “greatness?” What kind of person causes you to remark, “That’s a great man or woman!” Â “Meekness” is underrated and much misunderstood today. But true meekness produces amazing greatness. Take Abraham Lincoln, possibly one of the most revered Presidents this nation has ever seen. We visit his memorial in Washington, D.C. We remember his greatness every time we step onto the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. There on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, in a little over three minutes and 272 words, Lincoln uttered probably one of the most memorable and greatest speeches ever heard. So, greatness is not based on how gifted a public speaker a person might be, or how intelligent he or she may be or how long he or she may be in front of crowds.
“Blessed are the meek,” Jesus said, indeed the most humble man that ever lived. His definition of greatness comes in sentences like this:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle ( = meek) and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (MatthewÂ 11:28-29).