Introduction in my Bible to the book of Mark:
"Everyone wants to be a winner. Losers are those who finish any less than first. In direct contrast are the words of Jesus, 'And whoever wants to be greatest of all must be slave of all. For even I, the Messiah, am not here to be served but to help others, and to give my life as a ransom for many'. (10:44,45). Jesus IS the greatest -- God incarnate, our Messiah -- but He entered history as a servant."
Dear Jesus, Thank You for Who You are and for the standard You have set for the rest of us. Thank You that sometimes we are 'winners', but more times we are 'losers' who come in second place or even farther down the list. Thank You that You have done more than called us to be servants, You were a servant first! Help us always to remember who we are but more importantly Whose we are! Lead us. Guide us, as we celebrate You, today and every day. In Your Name. Amen.