Yesterday we started a little miniseries on the Road to Unity. If you didn’t read it then go check it out. Humility is the key to traveling this road of unity and it begins with a mental attitude to think of others as more significant than yourself. Others matter and the way you treat them matters. If you want to unify a business, organization, family, or church you need to think this way. It may seem like the picture above, like you are doing something brand new, but try it. Check out the next verse in Philippians 2.
 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
(Philippians 2:4 ESV)
JUNK…You’ve got it…
Isn’t it easy to get caught up in the things going on in your life? Of course. You’ve got work or school or both. You’ve got family stuff or you’ve got friend stuff or you wish you had family and/or friend stuff. You’ve got problems paying bills. You’ve got issues with your car or house or apartment. You’ve got junk.
Want to know how I know, that you have junk? Not because I’ve been spying on you or your Google searches. The answer is much simpler…because I have junk. Because EVERY human has junk. We all have lives and in those lives things don’t always go according to plan and then we get caught up in it.
When we get caught up in it who are we thinking about? Ourselves.
Who aren’t we thinking about? Others
Today’s Key: Consider what is happening in OTHER people’s lives
When an organization is only thinking like this or a family or a church or a business then guess what gets accomplished…NOTHING. Unity isn’t built it’s destroyed and selfishness reigns supreme.
But when we start thinking about others and what’s going on with them something happens. They know you care and they don’t feel alone. When they don’t feel alone then they care and you don’t feel alone. You know what happens then? The organization or family or church or business starts to function well. Why? Because it’s an organization that isn’t built on selfishness, but humility.
Try it out, see if I’m right. Here are some ideas:
- Go ask someone who sits near you at work how they are doing. The key to this is really caring and actually listening. Encourage them and/or offer to pray for them. I know that could be awkward, but what would it hurt?
- Think about someone you go to church with that you know is struggling. Pray for them, then call them up and let them know you prayed for them. Ask if there is something you can do for them to serve them.
- Write an encouraging email or Facebook message letting someone know you are thinking of them and see if there is something that you can pray for them specifically.
Or come up with something else…just try it. It will pay dividends.
Christ is all,