Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” vss. 3-4Philippians 2:1-4
From time to time we run into people who actually follow Paul’s prescription for the life of faith. They’re all around us, and many can be found in our congregations. Sometimes we don’t even know that they’re there. By nature, and conviction, they call no attention to themselves, gladly remaining in the background and adopting a servant attitude and posture. It is people like this, from every walk of life, who are the bulwark of every faith community. Because they are completely overshadowed by the attention-grabbers who dominate the media we need regular reminders of their presence. The politicians, movie and television stars, athletes, and musicians who daily compete for our allegiance and support are the real nobodies of our world. They contribute little to our daily well-being and actually distract us from our calling to be the living presence of Christ to our families, friends, and neighbors. Oh what a different society we would have if more people chose humility instead of arrogance as a lifestyle! It’s not an easy decision. We’re taught from our earliest days that the squeaky wheel gets the grease and self-promotion is regarded as necessary in our ego-centered, success oriented culture. So putting the interests of others before our own may not come naturally, but it provides enormous dividends for the people of God.
Thought for the Day: Are people humble by nature or by choice?