Do you find yourself missing the mark with people because you try and guess what they want you to do? Have you ever felt that you have lost yourself? You’re not even sure what you like or what you think because you are always looking after everyone else? Consider this quote from The English American,
“…we’re always putting the other person first in our family, we try and guess what the other person wants to do. And we never tell anyone what we want to do, in case there’s a clash with what the other person wants to do.”
Is this what it means to “consider others better than yourself.” ? Phil. 2:3 The entire verse says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself.”
How do you mesh Phil. 2:3 with being honest and having integrity when dealing with people? Can you be assertive and open, yet consider others better than yourself?
Can you maintain your own identity and opinions yet possess humility? How do you nurture your family, put their needs first, be on call all day and long into the night, and still maintain some sense of self? Do you?