Selflessness. Oh man, I struggle with this one but truly WANT to be better. We live in a “me first” society, but the Bible calls us to be selfless.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
And what does selflessness mean? The definition is “concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.”
If we choose selflessness in our homes, I believe our spouses and kids will be better off because of it. In fact, I heard recently that the secret to marriage is to “out serve each other.” Whoa. That’s a pretty bold challenge.
Another thought on selflessness I heard recently is that if we strive to do just ONE selfless action each day, then we will show up more easily when the big things come up. The example I heard put it this way: How is it that fire fighters went running into the World Trade Center twenty years ago on 9/11, knowing full-well how dangerous the situation was? (#neverforget) It was because they go running into burning buildings every.single.day. Not quite as large, or significant as that horrific event was, but they were trained to show up no matter what the need was. I think this translates to being selfless with our families and friends. We need to show up for the tiny events and seemingly insignificant needs, so that when something “big” arises, we jump to help no matter the situation.
So, what one selfless act can you do today? If you’re a parent, you do selfless things for your kids all day long, but let’s remember to “out serve” our spouses, and our friends, too!
Now, who needs a back massage? Or a glass of water? Or help cleaning up? Or a chore off their to-do list?
GET GOIN’! 😉
Huge hugs! XO!