Do you want to maintain other people's respect? When they share their struggles and successes with you, don't say, "That's nothing; let me tell you about my...!" Haman, a Persian government official mentioned in the book of Esther, was self-absorption personified. He boasted to his friends and wife about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored...and...elevated him above the other nobles and officials (see Esther 5:11). Not once do we read of his expressing interest in anyone but himself. Indeed, he was so resentful of the favor the king had shown toward Mordecai, a Jew, that he built a gallows on which to hang him. And how did the story end? The king hanged Haman on the gallows he had built for Mordecai. So unless you want to tie a noose around your own neck, stop talking so much about yourself! Chances are you may not even be aware of this character flaw in your communication. So ask God to point it out when you do it, and give you grace to overcome it. Self-centeredness dies slowly, so start with small steps. Try going for a whole day without making your issues the focus of every conversation. Give everyone you meet your full attention—and watch your friendships multiply and your relationships deepen. The word for you today is: "Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."
After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." (Genesis 15:1)
When God appeared to Abraham, He told him not to fear. God was both his shield and his reward! Abraham had just taken spoil from his recent victory, yet God declared that the real reward is found in the greatness of God, Himself. As He was to Abraham, so God will also be our unfailing protection and our great reward.
Week #42 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 28-30
Monday: (History) 2 Chronicles 21-24
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 120-121
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 31
Thursday: (Prophecy) Nahum
Friday: (Gospels) Acts 7-8
Saturday: (Letters) Hebrews 11-13