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By Andrea Merrell
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others.
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3 NLT
When asked for a small favor, the man responded, “What’s in it for me?”
Selfishness—the state of being overly concerned with one’s self—has pervaded our society. It has become a dog-eat-dog, us-four-and-no-more, every-man-for-himself mentality. Masks, isolation, and social distancing have only added to the problem. Put it all together and it creates fear.
But what does God say? Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. The MSG puts it like this: Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
One of the greatest blessings in life is reaching out to others—without a single thought of what’s in it for me? It brings joy, peace, and the deep satisfaction of knowing we are pleasing our heavenly Father and being obedient to His Word.
Put away selfish thoughts. Be generous. Lend a helping hand. Be a blessing in whatever way you can. When you continually sow seeds of kindness, you will reap a harvest when you need it most.
(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and Stuart Miles.)