2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16; Psalm 89:2-5,27-29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
In sixth-century China, there lived a man named Lau Tzu, who lived a simple life. In poor health, he wants to leave his native land to go to a place of solitude where he can contemplate his coming death. He receives permission to leave but on one condition. He must leave behind anything of value in his possession. He has no money and no things of material worth. All he has is a collection of eighty-one Wisdom Statements he had written over the years. Among those statements that he left is this pearl:
Everyone says that my way of life is the way of a simpleton. Being the way of a simpleton is what makes it worthwhile. If it were not the way of a simpleton, it would long ago have been worthless. Three possessions of a simpleton I choose and I cherish.
When a man cares, he is unafraid.
When he is fair, he leaves enough for others.
When he is humble,…