I had an early teenage growth spurt which made me a tall 7th and 8th grader. This allowed me to play basketball as a forward (closer to the basket) and I was a pretty good player. I led my team in scoring and rebounding that season (later others would grow, but I pretty much stayed the same height, which explains why I am not a very tall man).
As that season went on, I struggled with my grades and was forced to sit out for a while. I remember telling my dad that my team wouldn't win a game without me; but he said that I was being prideful and to cheer on my team. Well it turned out they did well without me after all. Other players stepped up and took more shots and we won our share during my time away. In truth I was just one player on a team, not the whole team.
Sometimes we get too full of ourselves. We start to think that we are important or needed and a gift to the world...but in reality the world was spinning before we came and will keep spinning once we are gone.
The author of Romans says "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement" (vs. 12:3).
As I head off to vacation this week I sometimes get worried about what might go wrong at the church while I'm gone or who might need me; but then I remember that I am just one small piece of a larger body of Christ and that others are more than capable of doing what I do by loving others in my absence.
Let's stay humble, after all it's God who does the real work, we just get to be a part.