Fresh Hope – Day 355

We all have a subtle tendency to think of ourselves better than others in some way.

 
Maybe you walk into a room and look down on everyone else?

 
Do you regard those that don’t possess the kind of material things that you are blessed with as just unfortunate human beings?

 
Is it possible that because you’re better educated, live in better house and drive a nicer car, that you walk around with a feeling of superiority?

 
Perhaps the job that you do is in management, leading a team or owning your own company, and without even thinking, you have already formed an opinion that you are above others in lesser jobs or those that are unable to find work?

 
Could your salary level dictate how you treat others; rather than seeing yourself in a position of blessing, do you simply view others as losers in life?

 
If the answer to any of these applies to you and I, then we need to get back to a better way of living and thinking; to put it simply…get off your high horse.

 
Whoever and whatever we may have become in life, we are privileged to be there. Could it be that the reason you are higher up the ladder than others, is because God wanted you to help those ‘beneath’ you?

 
One of the greatest honours in life is that of being a blessing to people of all walks of life.

 
It’s not ours to judge, condemn, frown upon, criticise, make small or put people in their place.  Yes, you may have been privileged to be where you are today because of your hard work, or because you are gifted in some area more than others, but ultimately you have been blessed to be a blessing.

 
I watched a TV show about Prince Charles a couple of days ago. It was made to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the ‘Prince’s Trust’. One of the things that stood out from the ‘behind the scenes’ documentary featuring Ant and Dec, was the way that Prince Charles, from the age of 27, used his privilege, prominence, position and power to help people in all walks of life. He amazingly has lifted thousands of people to a better place in life.

 
Today, I encourage us all to treat others better than ourselves as we humbly thank God for everything we have and own, no matter how great or small.

 
Look for an opportunity today to do something for someone that could never repay you.

 
Philippians 2:3-4 ‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.’

Pastor Mark

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