“Don’t push your way to the front … Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.” Philippians 2:3,4
Many years ago I learned about pushing your way to the front. When my youngest daughter, Susan, performed with the winter guard before the home basketball games, I made sure I arrived at the gymnasium in time to watch her step onto the court. One night I left work late and had to rush to get into the gymnasium in time. However, I wanted to purchase a ticket for the 50/50 raffle, which helped support the athletic programs and gave a lucky winner some cash.
As I approached the booster club table, I saw a man reaching for his wallet. With the swiftness of a mother tiger, I jumped in front of him and handed my dollar to the ticket seller, grabbed my ticket, and hurried to the bleachers. Just as I found a seat, the girls strutted out on the court waving their flags.
Between the first and second game, the announcer called, “Get your tickets out, it’s time to play 50/50!” I grabbed my ticket and stared at the number. Then I heard, “number 245.” I double-checked my ticket–“244.” That’s when I pictured the man–the one I’d cut in front of– putting nearly $300 in his wallet.
Dear God, thank you for the lesson that helped me understand I should put other people’s needs before mine. Amen.