It's August 27; Good Morning Union

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”        Philippians 2:3

Now there’s a standard to live by! Don’t be conceited; be humble! As I see it, conceit is a type of smokescreen for insecurity, and humility is a statement of strength. I wonder what would happen at Union College this school year if we all lived by this principle? No, I don’t wonder, I think I know! What if, rather than trying to elevate myself, I tried to elevate others, especially those family members on campus who are struggling with any internal evidence that they have value? What if I deflected praise that comes my direction to those who deserve it more. I don’t find that hard to do because I realize more and more, almost every day, how valuable the people are around me and how much I need them to accomplish God’s best. We are a family and family sticks together. Union is a part of God’s family and together we get to help each member of our family realize their value so our whole family becomes stronger and more focused on Him.

One thing I like about God’s word is how balanced it really is. Though I am encouraged to focus on others, the next verse says, “Each of you should look NOT ONLY to your own interests, but ALSO to the interests of others.” It’s not all-or-nothing; it’s “take care of myself, but not exclusively, and for sure not at the expense of those around me.”

So, what can I do today that will build someone else up, focusing on others rather than just myself? What can you do? The little side perk that I have discovered over the years is that to the degree that I do focus on others rather than only on myself the more I like myself! Now, that’s not conceited, is it!? 

Have a great day focusing, outside yourself (the “perks” might just be worth it!),

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day: "To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves." Will Durant

PS This comes from a pastor friend of mine here in Lincoln:

Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Lincoln is now accepting applications for two part-time Youth Directors (average 10-15 hours per month).  Duties include planning and leading:

·         3-4 meetings, activities or events per month for 6th – 12 grade youth and

·         weekly Sunday morning Christian Education for youth of confirmation age to 12th grade.

Applicants must be at least 20 years old.

Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll get you in touch with them.