“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”

Philippians 2:3–4

I was typing the word “selfishness” the other day and my computer spell check changed the word to “selfish-mess” which got my attention and as I stopped to re-read what it said the Lord ever so gently spoke to my heart and said, “Remember that as thats what selfishness causes, a selfish mess.”

The bible has much to say regarding selfishness and let’s suffice it to say nothing good ever comes from being selfish. Like my spell check reminded me, selfishness always makes a mess of things. So, the million dollar question today just might be, “how can I become less selfish?” The answer is pretty simple. Make it your aim to outdo everyone you come in contact with today. Outdo them? Yes, the best way to break our sinful habits of selfishness and prevents making a selfish-mess today is to do what the apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 12:10 (ESV), “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Out do one another in love preferring other people over yourself today.

Let others go first today, open that door, let the car next to you come in front of you and not behind. Pay it forward somehow today. Listen before trying to speak, give instead of taking. You get it. The list of preferring others is endless and every person is an opportunity to avoid making a “selfish-mess”

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful”

1 Corinthians 13:4–5


Michael Osthimer




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