“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-11)
The exploration of the Titanic and the movie made about it was a big part of many conversations the year it was released. After watching a documentary about the famous ship and the sad tales of the many who drowned, my six and eight-year-old daughters were disturbed. “Did you know that most of the life boats weren’t even full? The captain ordered the boats to come back and help the people in the water, but they ignored him and left people to die!!”
“Why would people do that, Daddy?”
I listened, thankful to be off the hook for answering that haunting question. After a lengthy conversation involving weight capacities, desperation and fear, my eldest cut to the core. “Daddy, what would you do if you were one of those people in a life boat? Would you be the type who could row away to save a few, or would you be the type to take a chance and go back?” The long pause spoke of my husband’s serious reflection. Finally, in a quiet voice he said, “I really hope, Sweetie, that I’d be the type to go back.”
O God, you have done a marvelous thing. You created us, then came back to us. Make us more like you.