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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Philippians 2:3

My husband asked me to spend time with a few college students who were from another country. I checked, and my calendar was free, so I agreed.

When the time got closer, my work schedule tightened, and my kids’ schedules got busier. I thought of the other things that needed to be done rather then spend the afternoon with these girls. I hadn’t even met them yet, and I was trying to get out of my commitment. That’s exactly what it was, though. I had made a commitment. I said that I could be there, so that is what I was going to do.

I’ll confess, I was grumbling a little about it. The list of things I needed to do were circling in my head. But guess what? I was thinking only of myself. Pretty selfish.

Then I met the girls. They were a JOY! I had such a great time with them, and God used me to begin some spiritual discussions with them. These girls were not from Christian families, and interactions with believers may be all they will ever hear about Jesus. God ordained my time with them, and I was humbled that He used me even when I had a bad attitude in the beginning. I enjoyed these girls so much that I scheduled another date for me to spend time with them. 

You know, I could have canceled on them. I could have said that some work came up, and my schedule got crazy, which was true. But I would have missed the blessing they were to me, and I would have missed an opportunity for the Lord to use me.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in “me.” But, it’s not about me. God loves these girls, and God wants to love others through me. I want to have a servant’s heart, not a selfish heart. I want Him to use me to love. Besides the Word of God, only people are eternal on this world. Let’s invest in people - people whom Jesus loves.

Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 


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