In this age of self-promotion, we often let ourselves succumb to the temptation of self-aggrandizement. Especially western culture and education praise such behaviors. In consideration of my Korean heritage, I faced many conflicting moments internally, and continually sought to reconcile these opposing values of servanthood and egoism. In this prayer, I found newfound hope, encouragement, and enlightenment. That is, values that are espoused by our Christ Jesus our Lord ought to take utmost priority over any other secular values.
Lord, as I grow older, I think I want to be known as…
Thoughtful, rather than gifted
Loving, versus quick or bright
Gentle, over being powerful
A listener, more than a great communicator
Available, rather than a hard worker
Sacrificial, instead of successful
Reliable, not famous Content, more than driven,
Self-controlled, rather than exciting
Generous, instead of rich, and
Compassionate, more than competent
I want to be a foot-washer.