Philippians 2:4 — Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (NKJV).
After about 30 hours of travel time, I’ve come to the obvious conclusion that most people don’t have a problem looking out for their own interests, but they struggle with looking out for the interests of others. Myself included.
I’m writing this from Kampala, Uganda, after four takeoffs and landings and interactions with hundreds of people from all around the world. And I’m pretty sure most of them were not looking out for anyone but themselves. The guy in front of Heidi laid his seat down in her lap and bounced up and down the entire 8-hour flight from Amsterdam to Kigali. The lady next to me was half my size but managed to take up half of my seat. It was interesting to say the least, and those are only a couple of the instances I could tell you about.
However, I think most of what we perceived to be inconsiderate was unintentional on their part. But that’s the thing about looking out for the interests of others. Doing so is unnatural and has to be intentional. I have no doubt been rude without realizing it, as I’m sure you have. So we must be willing to look beyond our own wants and needs to see the needs of those around us.
The good news is we are all works in progress and have until eternity to figure it out. Thankfully, God is patient with us, and He’s given us the capacity to be patient with each other as well. I challenge you to do your part, as I do my best to do mine.
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