Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011
in Financial, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
Yesterday was my wife Amy’s birthday.
Amy is one of the most caring and unselfish people I know. She is often a benchmark of selflessness. More than once I thought I should wear a W>W>A>D> bracelet to remind me to ask myself, “What Would Amy Do?”, in order to overcome some of my natural selfishness.
What is one way that I can intentionally give up some of my selfishness today?
I try to have high moral standards, but I think that question is a fair question to ask every day.
My selfishness unintentionally compromises the health of my relationships.
Relationships and social dynamics are fluid, and sadly, far too often their flow pools into emotional wounds.
Wounds fill with toxic reactions.
The power of these shame-filled interactions could have been diminished.
My challenge, and a challenge I am inviting you to join, is to always have others needs in mind as well as my own.
God challenged Paul of Tarsus’ readers, “if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” 1
It’s hard! I make many choices which may be selfish. The internet feeds my greed and selfishness.
I’m trying to sort out what shunning selfishness will include in my life.
What is one way that you can intentional give up some of your selfishness this week?
How would your relationships with family members, friends, co-workers or classmates change if you chose to be less selfish?
1 – Philippians 2:1-4, NIV