A DEA Agent stopped at a ranch in Texas and talked to an old rancher. He told the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.”
The rancher said, “Okay, but don’t go into that field over there…”, as he pointed out the location. The DEA Agent verbally exploded and said, “Look mister, I have the authority of the federal government with me!”
Reaching into his rear back pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. “See this badge?! This badge means I can go wherever I want… On any land! No questions asked, no answers given! Do you understand old man?!”
The rancher nodded, apologized, and went about his chores.
Moments later the rancher heard loud screams, he looked up and saw the DEA agent running for his life, being chased by the ranchers big Santa Gertrudis Bull. With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it was likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified. The old rancher threw down his tools, ran as fast as he could to the fence, and yelled at the top of his lungs.
“Your Badge! Show Him Your Badge!”
As hilarious as this story may seem, there is a profound lesson for us there on humility and lowliness. That you are representing a higher institution or occupying a privileged office does not give you license to look or talk down at others who are not so endowed.
No matter how high you may be in any setup, humility is key.
— Author Unknown
Meditation: Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility. – Proverbs 18:12
You will succeed in Jesus Name!