Hey, Kanakuk! How are those New Year’s resolutions going?
Last week we discussed the importance of creating meaningful resolutions that stick. Resolutions--when kept-- help us improve our lives, as well as the lives of those around us. Resolving to live “I’m Third” is a way we can make sure 2015 is not only marked by self-improvement, but also selfless service to others.
That’s why, this year, we want to encourage you and your family to resolve to serve. In Philippians 2:3-4, we’re reminded:
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
In other words, our mindset should never be, “What can I get out of this _____(day, situation, friendship, relationship)?” but rather, “How can I put others first here?” In any and every circumstance, we have the choice between prioritizing our needs or prioritizing the needs of others.
What does service look like for you and your family? Perhaps for you, it means taking an hour out of your evening to help your child with her homework. Or maybe it’s bringing your family together and making dinner for your neighbors. It might even be as simple as letting someone ahead of you in the carpool line!
Whether it’s feeding the homeless, teaching Sunday School or checking your child’s homework, you have the chance to set an example for your family in how you serve those around you. When our kids, friends and community see us live lives full of service, we have the opportunity to point them to our example of servanthood—Jesus!
Living “I’m Third” gives us a platform from which we get to share the gospel with others. What a wonderful, eternally significant resolution to make in 2015! Tell us how you and your family are resolving to serve this year. We’d love to hear your story on Twitter or Facebook!