Thinking about yourself…

“Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.” Philippians 2:5

Not a comfortable place to sit.

Not a comfortable place to sit.

In today’s scripture, Paul tells the Philippians how Jesus gave up equal status with God to walk among the every-day people of the world. He could have put himself on a pedestal, but it’s hard to accomplish earthly goals from that position.

It’s easy to put ourselves on a pedestal, especially when trying to impress everyone how successful or saintly we are. When our identity becomes who we are instead of how God sees us: A human heart and soul, it’s time for an adjustment. Henri Nouwen suggests we spend time in solitude to “discover that being is more important than having, and that we are worth more than the results of our efforts.” Instead of a pedestal, Jesus died on a hand-hewn cross, surrounded by people cheering his death.

I can’t think like Christ. God surely shakes his head at my thought patterns that sway from calm to crazy like palm fronds in a breeze. Lucky for me, God has no expectations of me other than to try harder to become more like Christ.

Dear Jesus, thank you for becoming my equal on earth to help me get to heaven. 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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