Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
I used to be an extremely selfish individual. If there was no benefit for me, then I probably wasn’t interested. The sun rose and set on me, or at least I thought so! Honestly, I didn’t change my mind set until I was married because I was forced to be more giving of everything. I had to share my love, my time, my thoughts, my space, and even my food! Adding children to the mix further forced me to relinquish the reins on my selfishness. Not only did I find myself having to give more, but I realized that I had an even greater responsibility.
As a mother I have to instill a sense of giving back to others in my children. I found the scripture above to be inspiration as I seek to teach my girls about selflessness. What does it really mean to value others above yourself? For me, it means that every day I should look for ways to help and empower someone else. Each morning I remind my children to look for opportunities to love on people. We often decide that a need is too great and we cannot meet it or conversely, that a need is not great enough for us to make a significant impact. However, I implore you to consider that any need that you meet with a pure heart is a great one! I’m often reminded of Sally Koch’s words of wisdom, “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day. ”
There are so many ways for us to consider others over ourselves daily. Some are very apparent, while others may require us to seek them out. If you are uncomfortable or unsure how to search for someone to help, ask the Lord to send you an unmet need. When He sends the need, rest assured it will be something that you have the power and resources to meet! Whatever the need, small or large, let’s strive to be the light in the world and prove that people with servant hearts like Jesus’ still exist.
Please forgive me for being so selfish and putting my needs before those of Your other children. I know the world has taught me to put myself first, so please help to deprogram my mind and think more like You. Send unmet needs my way daily so I can assist my brothers and sisters. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you to do something good for someone else today. Look for an opportunity to assist another one of God’s children each day. I EMPOWER you to instill the power and importance of giving in the youth around you by modeling a selfless attitude. If you don’t know how you can help someone today, check the list of helpful ideas below to get you started.
- Check on an elderly person and assist him/her as needed
- Discreetly pay for the customer’s bill behind you
- Offer a word of encouragement to a downcast friend
- Pass out snack bags to a homeless person
- Volunteer at your favorite non-profit organization
- Assist a school-aged child with his/her homework
- Prepare a meal for a sick family member
- Mail a handwritten letter to a loved one that you haven’t spoken to in a while
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. She is the owner of Pizzazzed Plus, a custom sweets boutique. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.