John the Baptist takes great pride in his lowliness. By exalting Jesus, John places himself on humble ground. It is not that John has nothing to offer; he simply knows well who he is. 

Who am I? What gifts do I possess? How do I place these gifts at the service of others? 

Oh Jesus, may I see myself in light of you. As I discern your plan for me today, may I use my gifts to serve your purpose.