When I was a young girl I had a Tennessee Ernie Ford record that I played over and over. One of the songs became my theme song–still is. I was an only child. I was lonely. Through this song I learned to reach out to others to lessen my loneliness. Listen to the words:
1-Lord, help me live from day to day, in such a self-forgetful way, that even when I kneel to pray, my prayer shall be for—others. 2-Help me in all the work I do, to ever be sincere and true, and know that all I’d do for You, must needs be done for—others. 3-Let “Self” be crucified and slain, and buried deep: and all in vain. May efforts be to rise again, unless to live for—others. 4-And when my work on earth is done, and my new work in Heav’n’s begun, May I forget the crown I’ve won, while thinking still of—others. Chorus: Others, Lord, yes others, let this my motto be. Help me to live for others, ,hat I may live like Thee.
Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
The Amplified uses the true spirit of humility for lowliness of mind. The TPT says, “Possess a greater concern for what matters to others…” I was thinking about this in my quiet time this morning. Here are some questions I wrote down. They helped me define what I read.
What are their interests, priorities, values, unfulfilled desires? Do I know? Have I asked? To truly reach out to others requires a heart investment. I’m sure you have asked someone at church “how are you?” and they answered, “fine” when they were hurting inside. Why do we stay in the surface of our relationships? Fear based roots often keep our heart closed.
I want to encourage you to stretch out. Ask questions that require your heart to give. It will open way for their heart to respond. Here are some suggestions: How can I pray for you? Do you have anything going on in your upcoming week that I could pray with you about? If you know something that they did, you could ask how it went. Invite someone over or out in order to have quality time together. Send a card to a shut-in or someone in a deep trial. To recap: invest your heart, and engage with what interests others. May the Lord give you wisdom to reach out to others in a meaningful way.