• Today's Daily Devotion
Bold Humility
I KNOW THIS man, I thought as I searched my mind for some flicker of remembrance of how I knew him. As he approached the booth where I was working, I asked, “Do I know ...

Ken Cofiell, Dispatcher/Firefighter/EMT (Deceased) – Anne Arundel County, MD, Fire Department

BOLD HUMILITY

True heroes are humble and they walk remembering

I KNOW THIS man, I thought as I searched my mind for some flicker of remembrance of how I knew him. As he approached the booth where I was working, I asked, “Do I know you?”

“No, I don’t think we’ve met before.”

That overwhelming feeling of knowing the man continued. The few moments we visited were special and ended all too soon. The fire convention hall was packed with firefighters and emergency service workers and the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters’ booth at the Baltimore Fire-house Expo had been surprisingly busy.

“Are you sure I haven’t seen you somewhere before?” I just had to ask him one more time. He just smiled and shook his head before turning and continuing to visit other booths. There was no haughtiness about this man as others greeted him as if he were a man of “position.”

“Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:4)

Then the young man paused, raised his head, turned around, and asked, “Do you remember the firefighters who carried the American Flag to the roof of the Pentagon and hung it over the side?”

“Of course I do!” I responded.

A warm smile came across his face as he departed.

I’ve read other stories about this young man who found and raised the American Flag above the Pentagon on that fatal day terrorists tried to destroy America’s patriotism, honor, and property. In every account, he is consistently portrayed as a giving servant. To me he represented what makes America the great country it is—a country made of people who willingly give of themselves out of love.

I watched him as he walked away and began interacting with others, and at once I remembered. True heroes are humble and they walk remembering.

Many firefighters were given a new title in the aftermath of 9/11— the title of “hero.” But true heroes don’t have to broadcast their status. They live it.

Likewise, a Christian should not have to tell others, “I am a Christian!” Their words, actions, and attitudes should be their witness.

Prayer:

Lord, may I walk humbly before you and all men. May others know I am yours by the way I walk and live my life.


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