James 1:9 – 2 Highly Exalted Boys

Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,

There once was a young man who lived under a bridge.  This man made poor decisions in life which landed him in his place of humiliation.  This man owned nothing except the clothes on his back and the worn out New Testament in his back pocket that his mom gave him on his seventh birthday.  Twenty years later many would tell him because of his situation that he should read that book more often.  He would simply smile with his few remaining teeth he had and say, “You are probably right.”  Some people called him crazy because he always talked about God as if he was some imaginary friend right beside him.  The tone in his voice as he spoke of his Friend was usually elevated, seasoned with excitement, as if he was truly joyful deep within, yet aware that his life was full of trials.

There was another man who had a simple home, an affordable car, a respectable low paying job.  He read his Bible every night before going to bed, finishing with a simple prayer of thanksgiving to God for all of his blessings.  He never really spoke of God during the day unless prodded to do so.  This man always seemed to be at peace, never desiring more in life.  He appeared to be content with what he had, never longing for the next bigger and better thing.

There was a mom who had a couple young sons.  These children drove her crazy.  They would not pick up after themselves, always demanded attention, and were a bit much at times.  Never the less, she soaked in every memory of them, each one as if it was a gift from God.  She didn’t long for them to pursue higher education or to make the big bucks, she simply desired that they grew up to be humble men of God.  Every morning as she woke up before the boys, she would thank God for them and then ask for the strength to nurture them in the way they ought to go.

Even to this day the mom continues her prayers for her sons, long after they have left the home, one to live under a bridge, and the other to live in a simple home, knowing that God has answered her and has exalted her and each one of her boys.