Others, Phil 2:4

The best way to keep going when you’re ready to quit is to follow the instruction of Paul in Phil 2:4.  “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”. 

When you look on the things of others, you get your mind off of yourself.  Graciella is an 80 year old widow.  She has purpose in her life.  She goes to the senior center everyday and helps with the activities for the elderly.  She’s one of the only ones who can still walk without a walker.

You can look also on the things of others through:

Intercession – 1 Tim 2:1.  When you’re interceding for others, you’re doing what Jesus is doing right now, Heb 7:25, Rom 8:34.  

Burden bearing – Gal 6:2.  I have seen what the Lord is doing for those of you who bear others’ burdens.  He has blessed you and put a smile on your face.  When you seek to help others with their burdens, you suddenly realize that there are a lot of people who have it far worse than you do.

Kind affection – Rom 12:10.  A kind loving word surely lifts the spirits of a person needing encouragement.  However, when you are kind and friendly to others, they are likewise kind to you, generally.  You’re encouraged by being an encouragement to them.

Giving – Rom 12:13.  It is more blessed to give than to receive Acts 20:35.  Giving supplies the needs of others but it also puts a smile on your face.  “God loveth and cheerful giver”, 2 Cor 9:7.

Hospitality – Rom 12:13.  Open your home to a guest.  When your world seems to be falling apart and the black cloud of despair is hanging in the air, be a blessing to someone else by inviting them to enjoy a meal with you.  You’ll be a blessing to them and you’ll rejoice, as well.

Conclusion: don’t become despondent.  Look on the things of others, instead.  You’ll be a blessing to them and they’ll be a blessing to you.