KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | May 2013

A Humble Heart

By Jean Boonstra

Have you ever met someone who was really good at bragging? Braggers almost always have the same favorite subject—themselves! They love to talk about how fast, or smart, or tall or clever they are. It is really boring to listen to.

Think about this for a minute: God created our whole world. He created yellow daisies, sinister sharks, fluttering butterflies and you and me. But have you ever heard of God, or Jesus, bragging about it? No, never, because they are humble.

“My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)

George WashingtonThere was a man long ago who was very important, but he was humble, too. One day, General George Washington rode out to check on some of his men.

This was long before photographs or Facebook or Instagram. And so, as George Washington rode up, the men did not know that he was their leader because they had never met him.

The men were working hard to raise a large beam of wood up onto a roof. It was hard work and the men were having a very hard time with the beam. General Washington saw that their leader, the corporal, was sitting on his horse just watching the men struggle.

“Why do you not help the men?” General Washington asked politely.

“Sir,” said the corporal angrily, “do you realize that I am the corporal?”

General Washington must have smiled a little to himself, but humbly, he stepped down from his horse and helped the men. With his help, they were able to get the beam up where it needed to go. The men must have been happy for the extra help from the kind stranger.

Imagine how surprised they all were when General Washington then spoke to the corporal. “If you ever need help like this again,” he said, “call for Washington, your commander-in-chief, and I will come.”

The men were confused and surprised, and as you can imagine, the corporal was very embarrassed!

George Washington was a humble man, and a man after God’s own heart. Keep your heart humble and make it a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!


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