‘Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. ‘Philippians 2:3
We live in a culture that loves to put blame on someone else. It’s almost like we’ve forgotten what it is to take responsibility for our own actions or should I say posts? Alternatively, if it’s not taking responsibility it’s about how many likes or boosts we have. I admit, of course, it is nice to see likes to posts I write, but that should not be the motivation for my writing!
‘Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.’Philippines 2:1-2
Our culture will often tell us to get ahead on everyone else, but what if we followed Paul’s example that he writes to the Philippians about? In v. 1-2, We see that our strength is drawn from knowing Christ, so to allow this to effect all our relationships is key!
A dear brother in Christ, Ray, who I dedicate this post to his memory, just gone to be with Jesus, really exemplified what it meant to show what it meant to be an ‘encouragement in Christ’ and allow that encouragement to run through, in everyone he came into contact with! For those of us who knew Ray, a legend as a dublin bus driver for years, a father and active in his church, loved people with a genuine interest in people with a love that clearly came from above. Ray had a strength about him because he knew His God & never did I see him exalt himself he was just there for people. Ray we miss you, and a powerful example you leave us!
Imagine, then what our communities would be like if more people put others first instead of ourselves and rather than trying to get more likes on facebook, or be popular we champion others first and say thank you for the difference they’ve made in our lives. Is that not what it means to have the mind of Christ?
Today, I choose to put others first and help me not to be selfish with my time so that I may prefer quality time with someone that needs it today. Amen.