Day 15: Second Place Wins!
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Selfishness is in our nature. We want things to go our way and not have to be troubled with what others are feeling. While selfishness can bring some pleasure, its gratification is usually short-lived, but the consequences are not. Selfishness drives others away from us and damages even our best relationships.
With God’s help, we can tame our selfish nature. Service is one of the best antidotes to selfishness, and your marriage is the ideal place to practice it. Serving your spouse with love, joy, and creativity―above everyone else―communicates that their happiness means more to you than your own. Love expressed through service is sure to strengthen your marriage.
Praying together for our marriage
He prays: Ask God to help you tame your selfish nature and to put the needs of your wife above your own.
She prays: Likewise, ask God to help you tame your selfish nature and to put the needs of your husband above your own.
Grow closer in your marriage. Listen to this FamilyLife Today® broadcast in which Dennis Rainey will encourage you and your spouse to draw closer to each other and God.
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