In my head Thursday’s are sacred! They’re not only my day off from work but they’re my day off from having to fit in around other people. They’re my day to set my own agenda, have that coffee with a friend, read that book, enjoy that moment of silence and, most importantly, write that blog post. The reality however, is often different.
Today was spent running around doing a host of things for other people and yet maybe that’s the best way to spend a day off, after all – it’s not about me!
As we walked to school this morning I got talking to another mum about the difference between those who think only of themselves, and those who put others first. Those who end up living very small lonely lives, and those who live large wide lives filled with friends and family. It can be inconvenient to put others first at times but the benefits far out weigh the cost.
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. Philippians 2:1-4
In the business of my “Day Off” I may not have had time earlier to write a blog post but I’ve used my writing to skills to email someone in the midst of a housing crisis. I’ve helped my kids write a story and finish a book report and I helped my husband complete a job application. All of which far out weigh a blog post in importance.
I may not have had a moment to think an uninterrupted thought, but I’ve enjoyed rich conversations where I’ve shared ideas with others. I didn’t stress about getting dinner ready on time, instead I enjoyed the “inconvenience” of a spontaneous football match on our front lawn with friends. I didn’t manage to tick off all the items on my To-Do list today but I did enjoy the benefits of sharing my life with others.
The temptation to put ourselves first is always present but when we put others first life is so rewarding.