Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
I had the whole day planned. My calendar was clear, morning chores were done, and everything I needed to complete a project was spread out on the kitchen island. I would finish my project, repot the plants on the back porch, and then finish reading that library book that was due. It was going to be a good day!
My husband passed through the kitchen and said, “Hey Sweetheart, how about let’s find a movie to go see today.” I mumbled a weak, “Hmmm, maybe.” In that moment, I knew that with a few well-chosen words I could squash his idea, put it off to another day, then continue the day doing “my thing.” But you see, going to the movies is “our thing.” Since we retired going to the movies has been our version of “dating.” We love going to a good movie, splurging on Icees and popcorn, and then talking about the movie for days afterwards.
Almost immediately, I knew it was no coincidence that just the day before I had written Philippians 2:3-4 in my journal with the intent of memorizing it, meditating on it, and embracing it as truth. I got my journal out, read the scripture again, and then began imagining how this day would go if I chose “our thing” over “my thing.” In other words, how would this day be different if I chose obedience to Philippians 2:3-4. My project would remain unfinished, the plants would have to await new soil, and that book would probably remain unread. But, at the end of the day, my marriage would be nourished, our commitment to do things together uncompromised, and, hey, popcorn and an Icee sounded pretty good!
As I put away my project stuff, I realized that little bubble of joy that comes when you know what God wants you to do and you choose to do it was filling my heart. Silently I thanked the Lord for gently exposing my selfish motives and for giving me the power to choose “our thing” over “my thing.” It would be more than a good day, it was going to be a great day!
Embrace Faith ---- Envision Obedience ---- Expect Empowerment