God's Word for Today. Others. This probably should have been one of the very first words used in GWFT, but for some reason this others is just now taking front row. I suppose it is typical though, and others is used to not being first. Words like self, me, I, and us come to mind. But thinking of others sometimes has taken a back seat.
It is words like pain, suffering, loss, anger, sadness, sorrow, guilt, burdens, and broke, that put the me and I in the forefront. Anytime one is going through a negative, your inner most self preservation instinct kicks in. I don't know how many times I have thought "Right now, I have to take care of me, I don't have the time or energy for anyone else." If you haven't ever had that thought or said those words yourself, then I guess, well,.......................
It is also words like happy, enlightened, joyful, giddy, peaceful, and prosperous that tend to put others at the backdoor too. After all, it was through your own search, maybe your own sweat and hard work, that you have become prosperous and thus have at least the appearance of happy. So why should you share any of this with others? After all, you did the work, you should reap the rewards. If others want what you have, then they need to get off their butts and put forth some effort. Am I right? My bank account says I am. Have you ever had those thoughts?
Or maybe you are still in the middle of words like work, work, and more work, trying to find the words prosperous and happy. You still have no time for others. They better be doing their own work. If they can't take care of their own problems and stress, then that should not be my worry. Others can wait until I have time for others. Ring a bell?
Philippians 2:3-4. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in huility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
That there my friends is a couple of difficult sentences to swallow. How can one ever get ahead if one does not look after their own interests? If you notice, all of the words used previously instead of others were nice little words, like happy, joyful, prosperous. Not once did we mention self ambition or vain conceit. Those words kind of hurt. Lets just tuck them away and not discuss them anymore. Who wants to judge themselves with those kinds of words. These words actually fit other people. Surely not me.
And what about my words like pain, suffering, sadness, loss, and all the rest of those words that seem to fill my ever waking minute? Those have nothing to do with selfish ambition or vain conceit. So, I am ok, right? Well,................. no.
Today, Monday, Novemeber 9th is a good day to start thinking of the concept of putting others first. No matter what your excuse is, God calls for us to put others in the forefront. That can be very, very difficult. Is that why there are so many excuses to only be part time Christians? When one avoids Church, or calls most Christians hypocrites, or has shut the door altogether on Christianity, is it because we are thinking of others? No, we are thinking of ourselves. Simply start by thinking of one other person that today has it worse than you do. What can you do for them today. Trust me, others first. God will make sure you are taken care of.........................
Prayer: Dearest Lord, I like me. I know that if I don't watch out for yours truly, no one else will. Forgive me for this slight of attitude. Today Lord, I ask for the courage and strength to put my interests in your hands. Today, I know that I need to start thinking of others first. This is going to be hard Lord. I really don't want to do it. But Lord, I realize that you have always looked out for me first. So now, with your help, I want to try to think of others first. In Jesus', who put himself last so others could be first, name I pray. Amen.