Learning through serving the needy is common in elementary education. The learning is significant, for we all believe that the gain in serving the needy is more than paid. Yet, the gain is not always positive. A wrong attitude in serving others may lead to false righteousness, arrogance, and pride. On the flip side, our service may make those we serve think they are far worse than others and lead them to discouragement, shame, and despair. There is a story in the Bible that reminds us of the proper attitude in serving the needy. A self-righteous man stood by himself and prayed: “Thank God I am not a sinner like everyone else.” While a widely-recognized wicked man stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed: “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.” In Jesus’ view, heaven is prepared for the wicked man but not one self-righteousness. The Lord knows the real condition of our hearts, and he loves us as we are. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 18:14. Keep focused on him and serve those in need as serving Jesus our Lord.