Short Bus Insights-Least of These

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
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This past week I had an average of five students that rode the bus home.  That may not sound like much, but I do drive a short bus that only has three rows of seating for the students.  Each student gets their own seat, no sharing.  Therefore, in order to talk to one another or have fun on the bus, yelling is usually involved.  I have learned to tune a lot of it out because I know they have bundled up a lot of energy at school.  One ride home there was the usual noises occurring in the back of the bus, laughing, singing, slight yelling, and talking that I just can’t seem to understand the words to; when all of a sudden a zoo broke out in the bus.

There were two students roaring like lions, a monkey, an elephant, and I think a dog, but I’m not really sure on that last one.  They weren’t being overly loud so I let it slide until one of the lions started trying to eat the monkey…couldn’t let that happen, at least not on my bus.  After the zoo closed for the day, I began thinking about it more.

The students went for the staples.  When you go to a zoo, you want to see certain animals.  Everyone wants to hear the lion roar, see the elephant shoot water from its’ nose (them imitate it later), and see monkeys pick fleas off one another and eat them.  But rarely does a person, especially a small child, go to the zoo to see the caterpillar or the worm.  Some may be intrigued by the reptile center because of the deadly venomous reptiles that lurk only inches away from your face, but the desire to see a normal tree frog doesn’t really get the blood pumping.

Are the worms and caterpillars unimportant to the animal kingdom?  No, of course not.  In fact, they are quite crucial in the breaking down process for new life to grow.  But most view them as less than the lion, less than the white tiger, less even than the simple tree frog.

However, we must remember that God has called us to be the worms and caterpillars of the world.  We have been called to break down the bad in order for new life to form.  We are called to be the least.

Matthew 11:11 “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

Often I catch myself, as you may also, trying to be the lion in the jungle.  Wanting to be the king, the best, the greatest among others.  But this is pride.  This is arrogance.  This is not godly.

In order to be the greatest, you must become a servant.

Mark 9:35 “And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”

Greatness is not taken, it is given.  Greatness is given by God and other people.  If greatness is taken, then it is not greatness, it is arrogance, for true greatness is how we treat others.

Proverbs 27:2 “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth a stranger, and not your own lips.”

In what area of your life do you need to relinquish the pursuit of being the lion?  Where do you need to focus on the caterpillar more?  Just as the caterpillar transforms into something new and better, so too will you transform into something great when you choose to be servant of all.

  1. Jim Wise says:

    I read your article because I, too drive a short bus. But, mine is filled with elderly, disabled widows & widowers who simply need something to do for the day. Keep up the good work!

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