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Romans 12:10

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
 

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
 

Mark 9:35

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

LAYING ASIDE SELF

Putting others first requires a shift in our mindset. It means laying aside our own agenda, preferences, and comforts to meet the needs of those around us. It involves actively seeking opportunities to serve others, even when it inconveniences us. This could mean offering a helping hand to someone in need, listening attentively to a hurting friend, extending forgiveness and grace to those who have wronged us, or just letting someone go before you in the grocery line. There is no Pride in LAST.

Being Last Gives You A Great Perspective

By Don Browning Jr.

When I was younger, I was pretty fast. I was unexpectedly fast cause I’ve always been a bigger guy.

When we’re young I don’t think any of us like coming in last or being picked last or being the last to know something. I hated to be last in line! Especially at the end of the lunch line!

When I became a dad, I started to get used to being last. As a dad I wanted to see my kids to make sure they were safe. I wanted them to eat first to be sure they got what they needed and wanted. I found out that we can lead pretty well while being last. 

On a walk to the park or taking 2 or 3 kids somewhere I found it easier to have them in front of me and direct them from behind, in the last position. I could keep track of them better. I still do that when with my wife or anyone that I feel responsible for, I keep them in front of me.

 

Look, God does it that way too! Go ahead and do a Google search for how many times the phrase “walk before God or the Lord” is found in the Bible. I’ll wait…. It’s a bunch ain’t it?!?

 

So, being last is a great location to lead from. The last are first in God’s Kingdom. Maybe because being last gives you a great perspective?

Being Last Gives You A Great Perspective

By Don Browning Jr.

When I was younger, I was pretty fast. I was unexpectedly fast cause I’ve always been a bigger guy.

When we’re young I don’t think any of us like coming in last or being picked last or being the last to know something. I hated to be last in line! Especially at the end of the lunch line!

 

When I became a dad, I started to get used to being last. As a dad I wanted to see my kids to make sure they were safe. I wanted them to eat first to be sure they got what they needed and wanted. I found out that we can lead pretty well while being last. 

 

On a walk to the park or taking 2 or 3 kids somewhere I found it easier to have them in front of me and direct them from behind, in the last position. I could keep track of them better. I still do that when with my wife or anyone that I feel responsible for, I keep them in front of me.

 

Look, God does it that way too! Go ahead and do a Google search for how many times the phrase “walk before God or the Lord” is found in the Bible. I’ll wait…. It’s a bunch ain’t it?!?

 

So, being last is a great location to lead from. The last are first in God’s Kingdom. Maybe because being last gives you a great perspective?

LAYING ASIDE SELF

Putting others first requires a shift in our mindset. It means laying aside our own agenda, preferences, and comforts to meet the needs of those around us. It involves actively seeking opportunities to serve others, even when it inconveniences us. This could mean offering a helping hand to someone in need, listening attentively to a hurting friend, extending forgiveness and grace to those who have wronged us, or just letting someone go before you in the grocery line. There is no Pride in LAST.

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