What I read today;
Philippians 2-4; Luke 9; Isaiah 51; Psalm 15-16; 1 Samuel 2; Exodus 4
How difficult it can sometimes be not to simply demand my way and be angry. We’ve all done it. We’re in the store and clerk isn’t moving fast enough, or is rude, and we get mad. We get on the phone with a customer service rep and before you know it we’re screaming at the faceless agent. By the time we’re done we’re worked up into such a frenzy that we don’t even know what we were made about.
Then I read Philippians 2 vs. 1-4 and realize how foolish I have become.
“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” NRSV
I have to keep telling myself that it’s not about me; it’s about Jesus. It seems today that even Christians have fallen into the shouting trap. I guess people think that if we yell louder, then we get our point across. Instead, it turns into a shouting match where everyone loses.
Christians would do well to read and re-read Philippians 2 vs. 1-4 before they speak. We might drop the decibel levels.