“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
It’s Tuesday and a great day to try something new. Last week I visited the doctor with a throat infection. During that visit, we had a discussion about my balance and falling. She suggested a stationary bicycle. Well, in my family room I have an elliptical machine that can be used sitting down, like a bicycle. It’s been sitting there literally for years. I look at it every day. We hang things on it. So, over the weekend I decided to try something new, use the elliptical as a bicycle. The first time I used it I last less than five minutes before my knees began hurting. Yesterday, I used for ten minutes in the morning and ten more minutes in the evening. This morning I lasted twenty minutes and at 20 miles per hour. Of course, I didn’t have the tension turned on, but you have to start somewhere. So this morning I have a smile in my heart from the accomplishment, and from the feeling of fall in the air. What will you try?
Have you ever noticed that world systems are often in opposition to what God teaches? For example, I noticed a few years back that the world teaches us to depend on ourselves and work hard to excel in different areas to move up the career ladder. Many times this means doing whatever it takes to achieve your goal, including stepping on whoever is in your way. While everyone has their moral limits, many fall into this trap. I did. I don’t think I stepped on others, but I was focused on my goals above all else.
Today’s scripture tells us to trust and praise God, be humble and help others before we think of ourselves. In fact, if you study the Bible, you will find that the pride promoted by the world is at the heart of all evil. It is the reason Satan and a third of the angels fell. So, what does God want? He wants a humble, faithful, ever praising, giving and forgiving heart.
When I figured this out, I have to be honest, I thought “that’s simple”. It is a simple concept, but it takes a great deal of effort and practice. If you don’t know what I mean, try it for one day. All types of scenarios will arise and you will ask “what now God?” That’s why I have decided to take a few days to explain this subject. What I have discovered along my journey is: I’m happier; I have more real friends; I am more self-disciplined; and I’m more successful. However, the success is not from my efforts. It’s from God working in my life. As it turns out, the old way is the hard way. God’s way brings much more happiness and satisfaction.
Today, try Something New. Say goodbye to pride and hello to a humble heart. May God bless and keep you always.