"He must increase; I must decrease."
Today, John the Baptist gives us his simple words of wisdom. His words, his actions, his examples were not about him. He came to show the way to Jesus. He preached to lead the way to Jesus. He tells us today that in our lives, even in this crazy world that teaches us that more is better and the spotlight is best, we must be more about the awesomeness of Jesus and less about ourselves. Who people must see when we act and hear when we speak and follow when we lead is Jesus. Now, no doubt easier said than done. Seems simple when John said it and did it, but... I think about this past year and what our nation may have learned and is learning in this time of economic crisis about increase and decrease. There's actually a cool commercial that talks about the lessons forced upon many this year and the man says that he hopes we learn to own houses that actually fit our needs and the size of our family, we learn to eat what we need for nourishment and not what causes obesity, we learn to drive cars that are reasonable on fuel and we learn to take care of the earth. A message that actually calls for a responsible decrease so that others can have just enough. A place for everything and everything in its place. And in our hearts and in our lives, if we can decrease so He can increase, all can be well. All can show love. All can be equal. All can share.