Jesus said, “No slave is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”
That reminds me of two little Korean boys who told me what they wanted out of life. One of them said, “I want to be a success.” The other one said, “I want to be famous.” I remember asking myself, “What hope do these two have of being successful or famous?”
I guess it is human nature for each of us to want success, to be famous, to establish a lasting name.
Our Lord’s reaction to our high hopes is to say, “They executed me as a criminal.”
A year from now, or ten years from now, certainly fifty years from now you and I will be gone, and perhaps no remnant will be left of our successes.
Is it a soon-to-be forgotten success we want from life? Wouldn’t we be better off to laugh at foolish ambitions, while we give thankful attention to beautiful clouds and to friends God has given us? Shouldn’t we make the best of the happiness that is in our reach, instead of falling on our faces stretching for what is out of reach?