Today’s scripture: Philippians 2:3-4
Pride. It’s something many of us struggle with, and it’s something that God
abhors (see Prov. 8:13; 16:18; Mark 7:22). We look at “our” gifts and talents,
or what “we’ve” achieved, and we think, “Good for me!” Even more, we sometimes
look at what others do, and think, “I could do that better.”
We forget—often—that anything we have and anything we can do comes from God. So
to be prideful about what we do is ironic. Instead, we’re called
to be humble, to do all things with “lowliness of mind.” Not selfish. Not
conceited. Rather, we should honor others.
Now this doesn’t mean we’re supposed to be doormats and let people walk all
over us. We can look out for our “own interests.” We can—and should—do our best
in all things. We should “do all in the name of the Lord” (Col. 3:17). But we
also need to make certain we’re supporting our brothers and sisters.
Imagine your life if you could sincerely “esteem others better.” If you could
genuinely celebrate the gifts and talents God has given everyone. If you
trusted God to use each of us according to His will. If you truly believed none
of us is better than another.