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How The Bamboo Bends

by Aneel Aranha

The Higher the Bamboo Grows, the Lower It Bends

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)

Nicolaus Copernicus was a famed astronomer born in Poland on February 19, 1473. He was a mathematician whose accomplishments changed men's ideas of the universe. He was also a very well-known writer. Although highly educated, he considered himself first and foremost a child of God.

When he was critically ill with his final illness, his book, On Resolutions of the Celestial Bodies, just off the press, was laid in his arms. As he approached the end of his life, he did not think of himself as an astronomer or scientist, but as a sinner who needed the forgiveness of his Savior and asked that the following epitaph be written on his gravestone:

"Lord, I do not ask the kindness Thou didst show to Peter. I do not dare ask the grace Thou didst grant to Paul; but, Lord, the mercy Thou didst show to the dying robber, that mercy show to me. That earnestly I pray."

To be Christian is to be humble, acknowledging that whatever we have - from wealth to talents - is all because God willed it so. You could just as easily have been a beggar born in the slums of Bombay, or a man with his intestines hanging out his belly in war torn Baghdad as what you are now.


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