Sunday, September 25, 2011

You First!

Philippians 2:3-4
Good News Translation (GNT)

3 Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves.4 And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own.

Anyone have this down pat?  Me, neither.  Why does it seem so hard to practice this humility and love towards someone else?  Well, I would say because of how we are born.  Selfish and proud!  (ever heard of the toddler's creed?)  Then add in a little bit of society and voila!  You have a person who is not only naturally selfish and proud but you are getting bombarded from every angle that it's not only okay, but your right! 

Because of these things it can be very hard to see our own actions or attitudes as selfish and proud.  After all, it is our nature to think of our self first.  But, how does it feel when you are the one at the other end of a selfish act or a proud attitude?  That alone should make one stop and consider their own life.  Me, too!

I do believe we should love ourselves.  We should see ourselves through the eyes of Jesus.  (He loved us enough to be the ultimate example of these scriptures.)  So, yes, love yourself, take care of yourself...we need to be the best that we can be.  If we are doing this, we will be able to follow the example of Jesus and love others...even more than our self. 


  1. very true. I really appreciated reading this today.Thanks Susanna

  2. I know it sounds trite abut someone has said the way to have joy is to put
    Jesus first,
    Others secong and
    Yourself last.

  3. not trite at all when compared to the scriptures.