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Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.
Having been extremely performance based during that season of my life, I could barely function when my name didn’t appear first on the sales board at the radio station I worked for back then. That kind of attitude was destructive to my soul, and to those around me at the office. Many year later, when I returned to radio sales, I firmly resolved to do it differently – to rejoice when others succeeded, too.
In addition, I am considering what if I treated my husband with Philippians 2:3 in mind? How would that change our marriage? Also, in what other areas of my life would hiding this verse in my heart change me?
I don’t know about you, but this is one of those scriptures that really zings me. Read it in the Amplified Bible (below) for a real zingy affect:
Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
Father, I repent of my selfish ways, especially when I put my needs ahead of others. I ask You to continue working in my heart so that I will more consistently consider others needs as more important than my own.
This week's goal:
This week, I will meditate on (and try to memorize) Philippians 2:3. And at least one time each day, I will make a conscious effort to put someone else's need ahead of mine.
Does this verse challenge you?
- In what ways have you acted selfishly this past week?
- What does “humility of mind” mean to you and how does one achieve it?
Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)