Looking in the Direction of Others
On Saturday I went to lunch with my family for about two hours and I didn’t have my phone. You know what happened? Nothing. The world kept spinning; I was actually able to speak to my family without the lingering feeling in the back of my mind that I should pull up Facebook or check the status of who might have been injured on my fantasy football team.
The world has so many issues but if we can learn to look in the direction of others who are right in front of us, we can practice living like Christ. It is easy to forget in a world of strong opinions that we have the option of showing kindness in any given situation. This is admittedly difficult to do when there is so much information coming at us from all sides.
I love this passage in Philippians:
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care-then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Phil. 2: 1-4 MSG)
So, I hope to spend my week trying this. Will you join me? Let’s listen to other’s opinion, and show the love of Christ through patience and kindness.