Others first…

After our Board Meeting Tuesday night we were sitting around the conference table debriefing, the conversation was comfortable and relaxed, and therefore to no one’s surprise turned to college football. Glenn Robinson was in attendance via telephone and enjoyed a congratulations from Steve Corso (University of South Carolina grad) to Baylor for taking down Kansas State, thus bringing his (Steve’s) favored SEC teams back into the running for the National Championship. Glenn also pointed out that Texas A & M had taken down Alabama, and Paul Zion, our attorney and also a SC grad, said he was hesitant to get excited about that because that win brought A & M ahead of SC in the rankings. There was much laughter and joking around the table and again to no one’s surprise, I snatched a devotional thought from all the banter.

We’re hesitant to celebrate the win of another team because it may take our team out of the spotlight. Isn’t that how we respond to life far too often? We don’t want to build someone else up because it may take attention off us. I pray that’s not the case for any of you, and I pray it’s not the case for me. But if we’re all honest with ourselves, we’re at least tempted to feel that way. The scriptures encourage us to put others first in order to experience true happiness. “Me, me, me!” brings jealousy, envy, pride, discouragement, and ultimately heartache. When others are first, self is denied, and with that comes peace and joy and contentment, and ultimately fulfillment. There’s nothing more satisfying than to know I’ve denied my selfish wants and wishes and taken care of someone else.

During this Christmas season, look for ways to build others up – even if it means you’ll be hidden in the shadows. Much love to you!

“Then he said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’” (Luke 9:23).

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13).

Hope

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