So this morning as I was driving into work I started contemplating my food options...oatmeal, oatmeal or oatmeal and then like a ray of sunshine through a dark and dreary day I remembered that a cousin of mine had given me a plate of home-made breakfast tacos that were waiting to be consumed in the church fridge...yes!!! (I get excited about food...pretty pathetic) As I'm stuffing my face with these tacos and some left over Pace Picanted sauce I found in the fridge I started thinking about the story behind these tacos.
Yesterday I went over to my cousin's house to drop something off and she hands me this plate of tacos. I then picked up on the fact that she makes these every Wednesday morning because she knows the landscape guys are coming to mow the yard and she likes to bless them with something they love...a freshly prepared taco. I thought about his verse out of Philippians 2 which says "3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." The bottom line of this verse is.....are you an others-centered person or a self-centered person?"
Jesus' whole mission on earth from His Father was to pour Himself out in service and sacrifice for others. This can happen in big ways but mostly in little every day ways. What if I started thinking more like my cousin? I would think...who am I going to see today? How could I serve and bless them? How could I encourage them? Could I write them a note? Bake some cookies? Run an errand for them? Engage them in a meaningful conversation? How can I really put others before myself today?
in His service,