Planning to serve
Philippians 2:3-4 ‘Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.’ (New Living Translation)
I am a fairly driven guy with most days having a clear plan with just about every moment accounted for. Like today: I organised what I was going to do today last week. In fact last week I organised in quite a bit of detail what I will be doing for the next few weeks. And then this morning something came up that wasn’t planned for: a friend was in need and I had to make a decision, do I support them or stick to my plan? What if I fall behind in the work I have to do? For a moment I really did question how much I should help my friend, which is a little sad to admit. Thankfully I made the right choice, I set my work aside and focused on them.
I need to make plans, plans are a good way of making sure that things are completed, but I shouldn’t be so consumed by my own plans that I ignore opportunities to serve others. And as I check out the above Philippians reading, that is what stands out: cultivate an interest in other people, in serving other people.
One of the things that bugs me when I go into a store is when the staff make you feel like you are interrupting them when in fact their key task is to serve me. Well in the same way I can allow my own interest to get in the way of serving others. Serving others is actually a really important part of my faith.
I think the approach I will take moving forward is to plan as usual, but be flexible enough to serve others when needed. And this is a change to my attitude, I need to be ready to serve others way more often than I do now. I am actually quite selfish and this reading is a big wake up call, and for that I praise God!
God bless ya,
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