The hardest thing you'll ever do is to put others first and yourself second, because we intuitively look out for ourselves. Self-preservation is man's first instinct—but it doesn't work. Do you know how two goats respond when they meet on a narrow path above a river? They can't turn back, and they can't pass each other because they lack even an inch of spare room. The goats instinctively know that if they butt each other they'll both fall into the river and drown. So how do they handle it? Nature has taught one goat to lie down so the other can pass over it; and as a result both animals survive and arrive at their destination safe and sound. Instead of seeing itself as a doormat to be walked on, the goat sees itself as a bridge to be crossed over. So it becomes a win/win. The Bible says Jesus "made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant." And to do that you must focus on other people's needs instead of your own "rights." President Calvin Coolidge once said: "No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist." And what's true for any organization or business operation, is true for you. And here's the best part: Every time you sacrifice in order to serve someone, you're sowing seeds of blessing you will surely reap.
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:5-8)
My Prayer: Gracious Lord, instill these moral principles in my heart. May these qualities be seen in me that others may know of Your wonderful character. Make me fruitful and useful for Your kingdom! For the only blessing that I seek, is to see You using me daily.
Week #43 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Numbers 31-33
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 25-28
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 122-124
Wednesday: (Poetry) Ecclesiastes 1-2
Thursday: (Prophecy) Habakkuk
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 9-10
Saturday: (Letters) James 1-3