Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” — Philippians 2:3
“See the light in others, and treat them as if that’s all you see” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Admire others beauty without questioning your own” — Unknown
I read the first verse this morning and immediately thought of the people in my life whom I have put down—in either my own head or aloud as I spoke about them to others. Sometimes even outwardly. One of the craziest parts regarding how we criticize others is that it is often in comparison to ourselves. As if we are so much higher than them. As if the world revolves around our perspective.
Wake up call we all need sometimes—it doesn’t.
It revolves around God’s.
Our creator holds that person high and asks us to at least try to do the same. As we hear in the quotes above, one of the most effective ways to do this is to see the qualities that make others a positive force and treat them accordingly.
This doesn’t mean we have to be putting ourselves down in order to then put them above us. In a sense, that is just cheating. He’s asking us to remember the love He has for us, and to feel so strong because of that. But then to take that level of love for ourselves and put others above it.
So what if in our interactions with whom we have a problem, we filled them with less of that negative talk in the back of our minds and more of the outward acts of grace towards them? I can think of a few conversations that will feel a bit different. I can think of a few times where I’ll have to be less concerned about myself and how people view ME, and more concerned about those around me and how I can better view them.