Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,Philippians 2:3-5
As wives and mothers we spend our days looking to the interests of others. There is much to do in caring for a family and home.
As we go about our day do we think of our husbands and children as more significant than ourselves? Do we truly look to their interests above our own with a joyful heart? We are called to have the attitude of humble submission to one another that Christ Himself showed us as He laid down His life for us.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.Philippians 2:5-8
“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.1 Corinthians 2:16
As a grandmother I find such delight in every moment spent with my grandchildren. I cherish and find joy in everything about them. My to do list before me stops as they enter my presence and I find myself crawling around on the floor with them and taking the time to truly enter their worlds.
As I was playing with them one day I realized when was the last time I wholeheartedly entered my husbands world and put his interests above my own? My children? My friends and family?
The world looks for happiness through self-assertion. TheChristian knows that joy is found in self-abandonment. ‘If a man will lethimself be lost for My sake,’ Jesus said, ‘he will find his true self.’~ Elisabeth Elliot
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Tim Keller