Philippians 2: Where is Your Focus?
By Patrick Mulvehill
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” - Philippians 2:3 ESV
From the moment I was born into this world, my human nature dictated that there was only one person that mattered, only one set of needs that had to be met….mine. From the first cry to the first bottle, to the first diaper change, it was all about me. As I grew up and a little brother came along it became a daily battle to make sure that my needs were coming first. As a young teenager, the fight continued as I struggled to establish myself in the dog eat dog world that was middle and high school. I believed that I had to look out for #1 because no one else was going to do it.
Imagine my shock when as a teenager I was reborn into the Life of Christ to find out that I am supposed to put the needs of others before my own!?!! All of a sudden I had 15 years of self-focus that now had to be retrained to focus on others before myself. Not an easy task! In fact, it has been a thirty-two year struggle of remembering that the needs of others should be my primary concern. My daily challenge is also my challenge to you, are you humbling yourself and putting the needs of others above your own? How have you put someone else above yourself today?