This morning I had to skip my daily Mass because I felt called to help another person in her ministry. On my drive to the destination at a red-light stop, I sensed that the driver to my right was going to forge fast ahead when the light changes. Sure enough, it took off at full throttle ~ even the car behind me decided to change lanes to keep up with the front runner. I realized that most men have this macho instinct to get ahead of others and not be left behind ~ it doesn't even have to be a race situation. At the same time I heard words from the Scripture counseling us to be gentle, patient, and humble. The Holy Spirit won out. If I want the Lord to take away my ego, I'd better extinguish that macho instinct too.