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“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. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Phil. 2:3-5 (NLT)
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Yikes! We all know what that means. Perfect humility. Laying down our lives for others.
Not at all! Especially not when we’re finally to the point in our lives where things are looking up. Books are selling well. We’re getting on best-seller lists. We have speaking engagements popping up right and left. We are getting fan mail! (Ooooooo.)
It’s easier to be humble when you are being humbled through life circumstances. It’s much harder to be humble when you can compare your life to others’ and you see that yours is lookin’ pretty good. None of us will ever be able to reach the point of perfection that Jesus had, but that’s what we’re supposed to strive for. How do we do this?
I can’t say it better than the verses above do.
1) Don’t be selfish.
2) Don’t try to impress others.
3) Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
4) Don’t look out only for your own interests but take an interest in others, too.
Note that you’re still supposed to look out for your own interests, but remember you’re supposed to think of others as better than yourself. In a perfect world, those people would be treating you the same way, but we can’t count on that. Jesus is the best example of dealing with the unreciprocated giving . He ultimately died on the cross for all of us who don’t deserve salvation at all.
If Christian authors, editors, publishers and agents all lived life according to these verses, Christian publishing would function much better. Let’s try to do our part!
Do you think comparing your life to the lives of others is what causes ego in the first place? Or is it the ego that causes us to want to compare?