Friday, July 19
Today's reading: Philippians 2:1-11
Over the past ten years or so God has been impressing on my heart and mind more and more how He wants me to help and serve others. One of the passages that has helped me grow in this area is Philippians 2:3-4, where Paul tells us:
"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."
Our human nature doesn't default to putting others first. It's just the opposite. Our immediate tendency is to jump to "me-centered" thinking: How does this impact me? What am I going to get out of this situation? Is this going to cost me money, time or effort, and how much? Is this important to me, and if not, why bother? Putting aside self-centered thinking to consistently respond in humility and operate with a mindset of "how can I help and serve others" takes intentionality and a good bit of effort. But it is so worth it.
Take a few minutes to think about Paul's instruction to "humbly count others more significant than yourselves." How can you put this into practice this week at home, at work, at church or in your neighborhood or community? What helps you get and maintain a mindset and attitude of humility? Tami
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