Friday, March 1, 2013

The Inconvenient Truth

Recently we lost a member of our police department. While attending his funeral, I was amazed to see how many lives he impacted. After he retired he got a PHD and became a counselor to those in uniform who were dealing with the many emotional difficulties they face in their line of work. Even before he was doing it as a career, he still looked after his own during his 20 some odd years of law enforcement. 

It made me think, how much of my time do I spend intentionally making a difference for others? I have always believed that if you are living your life only being inconvenienced by yourself, you are probably living a pretty selfish life. Phillipians 2:3 says "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." We weren't created to be self serving human beings.

It's really easy to do something for someone if it's not an inconvenience to you. But if that is all you do, what does that truly say about your character? After thinking about it, I will go out of my way to make sure the person I am helping out doesn't feel as if they are inconveniencing me because I don't want them to feel bad. It makes me realize there is such a stigma about it that people feel like they are walking on egg shells to ask for help. 

I am making it a point in my life to be inconvenienced for someone other than myself more often. What things do you feel you can be more intentional about in your own life to make a difference for someone else?

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