Daily Dose, Aug. 22 — Who Am I?

    John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason, my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:27-30) Have you ever had to write a bio for yourself? Did it make you at all nervous, thinking that you were trying to encapsulate a life -- a whole person -- in just one short paragraph? Through various experiences in music, theater and even in ministry, I’ve needed to provide a bio many different times over the years. It’s always a little bit awkward. What’s essential to include? What should I deliberately leave out? As we live out each day, each one of us is constantly in the process of writing our own bio. There are many things that we might include. There’s an interesting thing about bio’s, though: they typically don’t encourage us to be humble. If anything, they encourage us to do a good job at self-promotion. We want people to know that we’re gifted, accomplished, interesting, experienced and more. We want people to know that we’re worthy of their attention and focus. There’s the danger that’s common to much of the culture around us: the danger to focus on ourselves. The more focus we place on ourselves, the less we focus on God. The more we try to promote ourselves, the less we promote the Creator who breathed life into us and the Savior who rescues us. John the Baptist knew this -- he said so. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” If you had to stop right now and provide a bio on yourself, what would it say? Who am I? I’m a person who knows that I need to decrease so that Christ can increase. Who are you? -- Rev. Brad Greene