First of all, I’d appreciate prayers for my grandnephew who is hospitalized with a respiratory infection. He’s improving but yesterday was a scary afternoon for the doting mom and dad. It sure doesn’t take much to remind us all how precious and fragile life is, does it?
Are you a podcast junkie? I get on kicks where I’ll listen to a bunch and then I’ll go weeks or even months without listening to any. But one I heard this week was particularly impactful. It was from The Rabbit Room and a little quote was referenced in passing. I honestly don’t even know who said it, nor who quoted it, but it addressed thinking of others more highly than yourself. This is the refrain I keep being led back to this summer. I’m paraphrasing, but this was what was said, at least in essence:
When you walk into a room, are you a “Here I am” person, or a “There YOU are” person?
What a novel way to frame it! Honestly, I think we’re all capable, at various times, of being both kinds. But I know for sure that I find a truly “There you are” person the most magnetic on earth. We all prefer the person who lifts others up, asks thoughtful questions, follows up on past conversations, doesn’t let themselves remain the center. And yet…
Heavenly Father, help me to be self-aware enough to know when I drift into “Here I am”-ing. Help me to derive my worth, identity and affirmation from YOU. Help me to cheer others on toward love and good deeds, and to celebrate their joys with a pure heart. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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