I encouraged the people in my Bible study group to think about this: going a day where nothing is done from selfish ambition or conceit. That’s already hard. On that same topic, though, what about our thought lives? I know that I can be pretty stuck-up and arrogant in my thoughts, even if it doesn’t always show up in my actions. Jesus didn’t even consider the possibility of equality with God while He was on this earth. But He was, and could have rightfully done so. Just shows me that there’s a long road ahead in that regard.
I guess another thing I’m thinking is about considering others as more important than myself. I’m a pretty busy guy, and my time is valuable to me. So I sometimes get annoyed when I feel like people are taking it up. When I do that, I’m implicitly considering my time, my work, my whatever as more valuable than this person. Yeah, this kinda goes back to the thought life and arrogance and selfishness there. It’s challenging for me to put this into action, since I like things efficient and on time (heh), and I don’t take delays as well as other people do.
So, I guess, think about people in your life that you might find try your patience or nerves, eat up your time, or whatever. What would it be like for you to live considering them more important than you?