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“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:3-4 ESV
The world we live in likes to tell us we are at the center. From all sides this culture tries to tell us this mythology (and make no mistake, it is a modern day mythology!). Soon we begin to take our relationships for granted. We begin seeking out fame instead of nurturing communities. The world then becomes a place where looking good is all that matters and attempting to get “what’s ours” is our life’s goal.
Yet, in our lives we know that the best times were the ones where we didn’t put ourselves at the center. The best times were where we were part of something bigger than our own vision. But what does that look like for us?
The Bible time and again talks about the rewards that people give for being hospitable. These rewards aren’t financial gain or trophies, but rather a clear sense that we are doing what we were created to do. We worship a God who is always showing His power by giving Himself to the world.
As we move into October, we find that we have the potential to be part of this story. Whether it is making a space for community at our church during the Chili Supper, digging into the Word at our Bible Studies, or working with other congregations to assist in the hurricane; being a part of something bigger than ourselves is what we were created for.
This kind of thinking leaves behind the “myth of the self” and faces real life. When I was younger, I found out something interesting about the church: if you want to get more out of church, say yes to the opportunities of your faith community.
Leaving the heat of summer behind, we are moving into a beautiful new season for our church. With the weather cooling, we are able to do more. We have more opportunity to change the focus from our own interests, to the interests of others.