Devotionals by Dr. Ed Young

THE SECRET OF GREATNESS

Some years ago I ate dinner with a well known author. If I gave his name, many would know it. You've likely read and enjoyed his books, as have I. I anticipated an evening of stirring conversation and great dialogue, but I was disappointed. In fact, I have seldom been so bored. All this very intelligent, successful man did for two hours was talk about himself. On and on and on, story after story. Finally, he took a breath, and I thought we might be getting a break. Then he said, "Enough about me. What do you think of my latest book?"

Whether we admit it or not, we're all guilty to some degree of self-promotion and ego-inflating. But Jesus' teaching showed that these practices are worthless. "If you want to be great," he said, "learn to be a servant to others." Then He modeled that lesson Himself by serving those closest to Him in the simplest, most ordinary ways. The proud will be humbled in due time. But the reverse is also true. The humble, the quiet workers, the loving servants, will one day be exalted.

How about you? Are you grabbing the spotlight all the time, or are you content to work quietly in the wings while others shine? Servanthood is the secret of true greatness.

MEMORY VERSE  

MATTHEW 20:26
…but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant.

READ THROUGH THE BIBLE  

Leviticus 23;  Hebrews 10

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The Winning Walk with Dr. Ed Young is the international on-air and online teaching ministry of Dr. Ed Young, Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. The Winning Walk proclaims the proven truth of God’s Word to give men and women the world over a winning way to live life.

About Dr. Ed Young

Dr. H. Edwin Young was born in Laurel, Mississippi. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 12 through the leading of his pastor's wife, Mrs. Gates.

Following graduation from high school in Laurel, Dr. Ed Young entered the University of Alabama as an engineering major. Mid-way through his freshman year, challenged by an atheist in his dorm who questioned his belief in God, he began to seek God's purpose for his life. Six months later, he surrendered to the call to preach the Gospel, and enrolled at Mississippi College to continue his education.

On June 28, 1959, he married Jo Beth Landrum. Dr. Young's preparation for the ministry continued at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His first pastorate was in North Carolina, and he pastored in North and South Carolina until 1978 when he moved to Houston, Texas. He became the pastor at Second Baptist Church where he continues to pastor today. The congregation has grown from 2,000 members in 1978 to 6 campuses and we have reached over 70 thousand members.

Dr. Young was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June of 1992 and again in June, 1993. He is the author of many books including, Total Heart Health, The 10 Commandments of Parenting, and The 10 Commandments of Marriage. Dr. Young's broadcast ministry, The Winning Walk, can be seen and heard across North America and throughout the world.

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