If we’re being totally honest, we all spend a lot of time thinking about ourselves and what WE WANT to make us happy. I’d love to say that I’m always selfless, but in fact, I’m still too selfish. If I wasn’t selfish and prideful, I’d never get frustrated. Even the Apostles represented that same kind of pride when in the upper room (see verse below…Luke 22:24), a dispute “arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest”. But Jesus stopped them and taught them (and us) to reject our pride, or envy, or selfishness. We ALL need to refocus toward lifting those around us up, lending our strength to others, who need it, rather than use it solely for our own gain. We must trust that this is a better way to live . . . better for God, better for us, and better for those we are to love and serve.
Luke 22:26 (NIV)
26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
During our time of global crisis, there is MANY people you can serve. I love Sammy’s example of doing her front porch photo shoots for Tree of Life over the last months. We all have those type of opportunities to serve! Keep it simple though, or you WON’T do it! Whom will you come into contact with, naturally? Whom do you have influence over, in the normal course of your days? Whom might you have overlooked? Ask yourself, what do they need and how can I help?
Have a great week!