Sunday, July 4, 2010

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."



This advice runs counter to the world's injunction that you learn to promote yourself. Yet, this is God's way. True humility means understanding the truth about yourself. We tend naturally to put our own interests above others, so viewing others as better than yourself will probably help you strike just the right balance. Besides, when you take this stance, you're not trying to impress others. There is freedom in not feeling you have to impress others, and that's what Paul wants for his readers. If you forget about impressing others, you're freer to love them. And they will respond!

Diane Eble, author of Abundant Gifts: A Daybook of Grace-Filled Devotions