“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4, ESV
Hubby and I were watching the news last winter. A big snowstorm had blanketed part of the country and many photos flashed across the screen, including one of a man using a snow blower to blast snow off of his property. This started a conversation of how much we hate leaf and snow blowers when they just move it to the street or to their neighbor’s yard. (We get it if you’re making a pile in YOUR yard. We have seen some people, however, just cleaning up their property while creating problems for others to deal with. Not cool.) And then it occurred to me I had spent quite a bit of my adult life being a leaf blower Christian. I was selfish. My prayers were mostly about me. I’d made sure my stuff was finished and looked good, not caring too much about anything or anyone else around me…not caring if, in the process of taking care of my needs, I blew leaves and debris on other people’s property. I was consumed by my wants, needs, and tasks. And I didn’t reach out to others if it wasn’t convenient. Grimace.
One of the things I love about our God is how He deals with us…with me. He is so kind, gentle, and persistent until I finally (finally!!) get it. People matter more than my to do list. I literally said this to myself when confronted with an opportunity to help someone in the middle of my endless to do lists. I STILL mutter it to myself at times. I’m very task oriented and He had to slow me down and show me this. You can read more about my learning process in an older post.
I was a leaf blower Christian. Sometimes, I’m still a leaf blower Christian. But I’m learning and growing.
Here’s to choosing people over tasks. As always, I wish you MUCH joy.
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