One the first words we learn as toddlers is “me.” Once that word is learned it is worn out! Although there are exceptions, from the time we are toddlers we tend to be very inward focused. Children don’t quite grasp the idea of sharing.
A friend shared something with me that helps learn how to share. Take the two children and tell them your going to have some pie. Make a big enough slice that will feed both of them. Then let one of the children cut the piece in two for both of them to have a piece. Now if this is a normal child they will cut the piece unevenly. To the child’s surprise (the one that cut the slice unevenly) give the bigger piece to the other child! This will teach them very quickly that they are better off sharing and treating others right.
Brother Paul Word, one of our elders at Mabelvale prayed a beautiful prayer this past Sunday evening. The part that really stuck me was that said with great care and emotion, “Lord let us put the interests of others before our own.”
The idea of this prayer comes from Philippians 2:3-5, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus, the King of all kings, Lord of all lords, was more focused on others when he willingly laid down His life on the cross for our sins—He look for our interests before his own. When we commit ourselves to this way of thinking, we are committing to being more like Jesus.
As you start your week, please think long and hard about this verse. When you come across someone in need think like Jesus. When you find yourself waiting in line and frustrated by the people around you, think like Jesus. When you things are getting tense at home with your spouse or with family, think like Jesus. When disagreements and conflicts arise even among God’s chosen people—the Church, think like Jesus.
Soon we will find ourselves still cutting that slice of pie unevenly, except now we will be purposefully and willingly giving that bigger slice to the other person.
by Noah Icenhour