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Someone posted on social media: “Leave a positive word for me for 2017, that starts with the first letter of your name. It can only be one word!”

I replied with the word lowly – yes, lowly. As in: humility. In Christianity, the way up is down. It is the religion of paradox – to go low is to be exalted. Do you consider lowly or humble to be positive words? It conflicts with typical cultural messages about the meaning of success and prosperity in life. Sadly, it also conflicts with the message of far too much of “popular Christianity” – which is actually at odds with the tenets of Christianity.

May we all pray to be lowly, humble servants in 2017, as we imitate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Most of us are way too full of ourselves – myself included.