Please, don’t push …

“Don’t push your way to the front … Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.” Philippians 2:3,4

imageMany 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.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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