by Darla Noble
But he who is greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
George Burks was an army medic in the South Pacific during WWII who lost his life while treating the wounded on the front lines during the Battle of Luzon. Prior to that day, however, the heroic manner in which George performed his job earned him the Distinguished Service Cross. George’s humility regarding this honor shows in a letter he wrote to his father…
Dad, I feel I should tell you that after the battle of Munda, I was written up for a DSC. I don’t mean for you to spread this news. It is between you and I. I feel that the commendations I received were enough-all I deserved, as I was only doing my job like many others who weren’t mentioned. The fact you mean so much to me is the only reason I write this now….
George was a humble servant of our country who was exalted for his bravery. Will you be a humble servant of Christ so that God can exalt you?
Father, thank You for the people in my life who have humbly served me with tender, loving care. Help me exalt them by expressing my gratitude, and by living honorably. In Your Son’s Name, I pray, Amen.