Others Above Ourselves

Humility. Now there is a word we all want to claim but not when it comes to action. Our world is hurting, and we can each do so much. Not ONLY so much, but REALLY so much. We each influence so many more people on a daily basis than we realize.

Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Those are powerful verses. Do we really do this? Do we show people that we value their comfort above our own? That we value their safety above our own? What would it look like if we did?

Our older generation would be treated with dignity and admiration. We would listen to them and show them that we value their opinion. We would care for them and put their needs ahead of our own, like they once did for us.

Our military men and women would be shown the proper honor they deserve. We would show them we appreciate their service and dedication and that we have not forgotten all they have sacrificed for our freedom.

Our neighbors would know they could count on us anytime, night or day. They would never question that if they had a need, we would be there to help them.

Our children would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they come before work, play, sleep, or even food. They would realize that we give them the best and first of everything. They would know they are special gifts who have changed our lives forever, and we don’t want it any other way.

Our spouses would see us honor the commitment we made to cherish them. They would get the best of us, not the worst. They would feel special and cared for. They would know that there is no place we would rather be than by their side. Distractions would be put away when we are in their presence.

This treatment goes for ourselves too. Let’s remember that no matter what we do or how far we stray, nothing will take us too far that God’s love can’t bring us back. Let’s live our lives secure in the knowledge that there is nothing we can do to make Him love us less. Only when we understand this can we go out and love like Him. Only this knowledge will help us make the world around us a better place.

We can do better, but it will take us laying ourselves aside so we can help others. If we take the time to lift others up, it will be noticed. It will be appreciated and the world will be better for it.

Linking with Holley Gerth

 

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10 thoughts on “Others Above Ourselves

  1. “Let’s remember that no matter what we do or how far we stray, nothing will take us too far that God’s love can’t bring us back.” Amen and Praise God!
    Your neighbor over at Coffee for Your Heart today. 🙂
    XO
    Tammy

  2. Hi Sarah,
    Humility seems to be an outdated character trait these days, doesn’t it? It’s so refreshing when we find those who seem to value the opinions and care of others above themselves. I love that song by Hillsong United that says we find our lives when we lay them down. These words are so good! xo

  3. Humility is definitely a hard thing, especially in this age of self-promotion all over the place. But that’s why we need to be the ones modeling it more than ever. Good words here, Sarah! “Let’s live our lives secure in the knowledge that there is nothing we can do to make Him love us less. Only when we understand this can we go out and love like Him.”

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