“But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for—God has had it with the proud, but takes delight in just plain people.” 1 Peter 5:5
Have you ever met someone and said, “Now, that person is really down to earth!” Who is that person to you? A new neighbor, your child’s teacher, a pastor? For me, it is usually someone I’ve known before on a professional level, such as Lauraine Snelling, an author I had lunch with at a met a writer’s conference. By the end of the lunch, I felt as if I had known her all my life.
Some people live with a heavy layer of “stage makeup” and it’s hard to tell if they are genuine or not–almost like some of the girls I knew in junior high who were trying to find their place with the so-called popular” kids.
In 1 Peter we read that God has seen enough people trying to be something more than they are, and that he likes the “plain” ones. That’s a warning for anyone putting on airs to impress someone. It might be possible to fool someone, but God knows who’s real or putting on an act.
I say, thank you, God, for having delight in just plain people–most of us are. Amen.