In my first year of college I was on the track and field team. We were only a division 3 school, but competition was still exciting. As a runner who solely participated in two races: the 100 meter and 4 X 100 meter dash, I was often bored waiting around for the rest of my team. However, I was very intrigued with the high jump athletes. Just when you thought one had jumped as high as humanly possible, another would step up to the line and say, "Raise the... bar." Anyone can tell the official to "raise the bar." However, once those words are spoken, an official moves the bar higher, and you are then expected to put your money where your mouth is, and jump over the bar.

Many people try to do the right thing and to live an obedient life, which is no simple task. An even greater challenge is to do the right thing, and to do it with a loving, humble attitude. Paul, when writing to the church in Philippi, raised the bar when he challenged Christ followers with these words, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." (Phil. 2:5) What is your attitude like?

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