Philippians 2:3-4"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."
Something I've been trying to do lately is to be God's servant. I want to do what God wants me to do, and learn to hear what He's saying to me. There's another thing I've been trying to do, to -- and that's what this verse is saying. You know -- "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." It's not always about what I want! Sometimes, it really doesn't matter. Why not make someone else happy? It doesn't take that much effort to make a brother or sister their lunch, or empty the dishwasher without complaining. When you feel like you're about to burst, because that person is just annoying you so bad -- close your eyes. Breathe, and ask God to give you the strength to get over this. When you open your eyes, you'll see that it's probably not as bad as it seemed.
As for the other part of the verse -- "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." -- well. I don't think I really struggle with the top one too much, but considering others better than myself? Sometimes, it sure feels like I need a lot of work on that. I mean, I know I'm not perfect. Duh. But something in me won't cave, and thinks I'm better than some people. Even though I'm not. I know I'm not! See, I'm admitting it.
...say it to yourself. I'm not better than everyone else. Say it again. I'm not better than everyone else. Or should we change that to anyone else? Because, in God's eyes? He loves us all the same! What is wrong with us, why do we go around thinking, "Oh, look at those pants. They're too short... not like mine. Mine are the right length." I mean, uh, lame! I don't want to be like this. I want to see things from God's perspective -- he loves us for who we are. No matter who we are; he loves us anyway!
I don't want to be like this. I don't want to go around thinking I'm better than some people. Please, when I think that I am, could you just give me a nudge, help me be humble -- and like the verse said, consider them to be better than me? I mean, that's all part of being a servant, too -- treating them like a King, or a Queen. And Lord, help me to become a better servant for You. I strive to do what You me to do. But I can't do it alone. I know you're here. I love you, God.