Day 17 Theme: Serving Others
In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others - Philippians 2:3b-4
What mindset invariably leads to serving others? Humility. When we see ourselves as undeserving of the least of God's goodness, then we esteem others better than ourselves. When our own faults are clearly before our eyes, we have no room left for criticizing others.
And when we, in genuine and personal humility, esteem others as we ought, we will cease to look for ways to please ourselves and begin to look for ways to help others. Rather than using others to better ourselves, we will use ourselves to better others.
What have your goals and thoughts been about this day? Are you planning the hours in such a way as to better your own situation or as to better the situation of others around you? Is your great concern the fulfillment of personal ambitions or is your ambition to lose yourself in the service and benefiting of God's people around you?
How we plan our day, how we use our time, how we spend our money — these are all barometers of true humility. May your self-esteem be transformed today into service for others. May you find the great joy and satisfaction that only and paradoxically comes from giving up your own pleasure for the sake of others'.
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