Philippians 2:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Have you ever been to a funeral and found yourself wondering about your own one day? As morbid as it may sound, I have. I have wondered what people would be thinking, how many people would attend and what would their emotion be.
In the news today you often hear stories of violence, hate and negativity. Granted, that is what “sells” so that is what is reported on, but still the “bad” is happening. We tend to be sheltered here in the US and often not fully aware of what is going on in other parts of the world.
If we are honest with ourselves, many of us likely never really pay much attention to what is going on because we figure – we can’t do anything about it so why bother.
Well, those who are struggling in other parts of the world and right here in our own country are exactly the ones God wants us to be thinking about.
God wants us to be humble and to have a servant’s heart. He wants us to be like Jesus and have the title of Prince, but the duty of a servant. We are not meant to be self-serving and full of pride. These things will only lead to our downfall.
We have the opportunity each day to choose our attitude – we can choose to go about our day expecting to be served or we can look for opportunities to serve others.
We are all the same – we have different stories, lives and opinions and we have all made different choices – at the end of the day though, we are all human beings and not one of us is more valuable in the eyes of God than another. This should be true in our own eyes also…we are not “better” than any other person.
We are not the clothes that we wear, the house we live in or the car we drive. Our character is what truly defines us. When I pass, I hope that those who are in attendance are many and that they are there because I in some way made their life better. I want them to remember me for something good that I did and not for something I owned or achieved.
It is hard to be “you” because often it is hard to be content being just “you”. We want to spruce up our story and make ourselves look or sound just a little bit better. In the end though this truly has no benefit.
God has given us all different strengths and weaknesses. He did this on purpose because if we were all the same…how would we ever help each other grow or improve. There are often times that my weaknesses are balanced by my husbands strengths and vice versa. If we shared the same traits across the board…well, our relationship would not grow much at all!
Try today – to approach every person and every situation with a servant’s heart. Trust me, I come from 15 years of retail…I know this is not easy! Try though, try to treat each person as Jesus would…you never know what others are going through and you may be the “strength” they need.