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Default to Others

Scripture
Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.
Philippians 2:3 NET

Observation
The heart of Jesus is always for others. Even His example, while He walked the Earth, was always to default to “others.” He never griped or complained, but He allowed Himself to be interrupted to meet the needs of those who came to Him.

This is a stark contrast to the way we do things. We don’t like to veer off of our plans. We don’t like to be interrupted. We might push people off or purposely avoid them. But this isn’t Jesus’ way.

What causes you to not give others your attention and time? Are you so busy that you can’t stop for a moment to make a difference in someone’s life? Do you have your own agenda that won’t be met if you stop to allow God’s agenda to overrule yours?

Follow the example of Jesus. Think of others and view them as important to God the Father, and to yourself. Your agendas will come and go. But you can make an eternal difference today!

Application
We often feel rushed because we add to much to our plate. We try to squeeze every little minute out of the day. We then go to bed exhausted and wake up tired. Rinse and repeat…this is most people’s life!

What can you give up or change so that you have more time in your day or week? Be purposeful, remove something or a few things.

Then, ask God to give you opportunities where He would use you. God wants to hear prayers like that! “Here I am Lord, use me.”

Remember that you are a citizen of Heaven. Remember that you belong to Him. Remember that you are called to be His witness. There is a purpose to your life, more than getting up, going to work, watching TV and then doing it all again.

You’ve given Jesus your life, give Him your time as well. Let Jesus use You!

Prayer
Lord, use me to further Your Kingdom here in this world. Help me to take time and notice others and their needs.

Peace
Todd

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