Sow & Gather

Do You Value Others?

PhilippiansMarci AnthonyComment

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourself, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of others.  Philippians 2:3-4

International speaker and author, John C. Maxwell writes, “The success of my day is measured not by the harvest I reap but by the seed I sow.”  Who doesn’t want their day to be successful?  Too many days we measure our success by the accomplishments on our “To Do” list.  Maybe we feel accomplished if we exercise or eat a salad for lunch.  I like viewing today’s success in relation to the hope of a harvest tomorrow, as in Maxwell’s quote.    

There are so many seemingly small opportunities in our day to add value to others.   A tense work situation is softened through one encouraging email.  A warm greeting in a new and uncomfortable situation opens a door to community.  Remembering to follow up with someone who has shared a personal struggle or hardship strengthens connections. Pastor Doug Page challenges us to have the “touch of the Gospel” in everything.  How do we change our touch to those around us?  As we incline our hearts toward the Lord and shift our focus, others begin to see the Gospel touch.   We allow God to sow the seeds in our daily lives.    

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Philippians 2: 13Joshua 24:23 

Action Item |

Consider the old adage, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care”.   Be generous with the touch of the Gospel to those around you. 

Prayer |

Dear Lord of the harvest, thank You for the opportunity to touch others with Your love and encouragement.  Please give me a humble heart so that others may see You.  Help me to trust You enough to step out of my familiar circle for Your glory.  In the precious name of Jesus.  Amen 

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