hope everyone had a good day today!
mine was kind of boring... but i met up with susie and my other friends from high school
that was fun
so today i read philippians 2
it was reaaaaaaaally good
so the first part was titled "imitating Christ's humility." sounds good already right?
i really really want to share this one section with you guys so here it is
"if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus."
i really liked this. i felt as though this is how we should think and act during this missions trip. by being united with Christ and with the comfort we have from his love and the fellowship withe the Spirit and with tenderness and compassion, we should be like-minded with the same love and be one in spirit and purpose. with the right reason and with humility think others better than ourselves and put others before us- with a Christ-like attitude.
then the section continues to describe what Jesus was like- he made himself nothing taking the nature of a servant, humbled himself, and became obedient even to death. but because he was like this, God put him to the highest place and exalted him. to be like Jesus, we should make ourselves nothing. it is really hard to do this. as humans we naturally think highly of ourselves. but Jesus was the son of God, yet he lowered himself and served others. lets try to humble ourselves and serve others with a loving heart.
the next section was titled "shining as stars." this section was really short but it still had a very important message. paul tells us to obey and continue to work because it is God who works in us to act according to his purpose. i think sometimes i forget that God is the one working through me. i always know that what i do is for God's purpose and plan and to bring glory to his name. and that i am willing and wanting to do what i do because of the love and grace God showed me. but i should also remember that God works in me for is plan and purpose- the work i do is God's work.
also paul reminds us to do everything without complaining or arguing so that we may be pure and blameless children of God who shine like stars in the universe. this was quite poetic i must say haha. but its so easy to complain. but if we remember what Christ went through, what we are going through is nothing. what we do is really important- the vbs we plan, the events we prepare, the fundraiser we host. but how we do these things is even more important. to shine like stars, we must remain pure, and to do this, we must do what we're doing willingly without complaints.
hope you all have a good day tomorrow!
if any of you need to talk or need prayer or need encouragement, let me know
im here for you guys