DayBreaks for 9/23/15: Big Egos, Small Men
There is an interesting story that comes out of the Second World War. England and Germany both had state-of-the-art fighter planes. Germany had the Messerschmitt, which was considered to be the world’s fastest fighter plane. The British had the Supermarine Spitfire. The Spitfire was slower than the Messerschmitt. Nevertheless, German pilots were envious of their British counterparts.
You see, the Messerschmitt had been designed to hold the perfect German. Who was the perfect German? Who else but Der Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. Hitler was little more than five feet tall. However, the German pilots who guided the Messerschmitt were considerably taller than 5 feet. So the Germans had to fly in very cramped quarters. But who was going to tell Adolf Hitler that he was not the perfect German? The Messerschmitts were faster, but their pilots were not happy men.
It is an amazing fact, but many leaders fail because of big egos. Big men in little planes. Big egos in little men. “Pride goeth before a fall,” says the ancient adage. And it’s true.
Many of the people who the world has come to regard as great human beings were also very humble: Moses, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa. Those who have to blow their own horn about how wonderful and great they are must be very insecure in themselves. If greatness isn’t obvious, it’s not greatness.
PRAYER: Lord, we all have egos that are too large. Make us humble that we are receptive to your leadership and direction! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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