Looking out for the interest of others

Good news is something missing from most news stories, but one story circulating some headlines falls into a category that makes it worth talking about … without it being gossip!

It took a personal initiative and the help of 7,000 views from others to make one doctor’s concern about something he saw while watching a TV show worth the effort of going the second mile.

The concern revolved around a lump on the throat of a woman (who was a perfect stranger to the afore-mentioned doctor) buying a house. And while the lump obviously wasn’t bothering the woman, at that time, it bothered the doctor. That’s why he decided to take action. His effort to reach the woman ended up being to her benefit because the lump ending up being cancerous!

Looking out for the interest of others isn’t always the easiest the thing to do. At times it takes some effort driven by concern. And while the effort will not always be appreciated by everyone, it can and will eventually make a big difference in someone’s life.

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 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 out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:1-5 NKJV)

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Try to find common ground to build on

Did you know minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit?

Rather strange considering the wide degree of separation the two measuring standards often follow.

When it comes to studying the Bible with people of vastly different points of view and doctrines, it is important to find common ground to build on. This is obviously more difficult with some groups than it is with others, but the benefit that comes from the agreements can outweigh the easier task of ignoring them.

More beneficial is discussing the possibility of former beliefs and the path of understanding that led to a genuine changing of the mind and heart. This particular approach may not be able to be used by everyone, but it should definitely be used by those who have the ability to do so.

As we all should know, changing our mind, even when it comes to proven truth, is not always easy. This is why we should think about the way others could feel during study times. This can be done without sacrificing the truth or our conscience.

Building upon common ground was a successful avenue that several biblical teachers used when discussing varying spiritual beliefs and God’s word … even Jesus (remember the woman at the well in John 4). And that is why we should practice it from time-to-time.

Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.” (Acts 17:22-29 NKJV)

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Secular psychology question with a moral dilemma

Check this out if you like. It’s an interesting question posed by a university professor.

To be honest, the results of the class experiment surprised (and disappointed) me.

Perhaps there are several spiritual applications that could be made from it for the greater good as well…or at least for our self.

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Go Kick Tommy’s Cat

Harry Grant got up in a bad mood on Monday. Upon arriving at work he called in his sales manager and chewed him out because his report was tardy. The sales manager called in his secretary and chewed her out for several letters she had failed to file. The secretary saw the receptionist and yelled at her for not relaying some messages the previous day. The receptionist opened her door at home that evening and saw her son’s new jeans had a hole in the knee and sent him to bed without supper. On the way upstairs Tommy saw the family cat and kicked it all the way across the room.

Wouldn’t it have been better on everyone if Mr. Grant had simply gone over to Tommy’s house and kicked the cat himself and left all those other folks in a good mood?

How many times have I thought of that little story when I have been responsible for ruining the mood around our house by being in a bad mood and passing it along to others? How many times have I seen this take place in the church, where one person’s ill manners could start a chain of events that led to a great problem, even division?

Then on the other hand, I have seen someone enter a rather sticky situation, and their manners and grace changed the whole atmosphere into a lovely place to be. And then you begin to think…”Isn’t this the kind of person I had rather be?” Anybody can ruin a good atmosphere. And anyone can improve a bad one. That is, if we will put our Christian principles into practice.

Let me challenge you! Make your Bible class the best place in the world to be on Sunday morning and Wednesday night. Make our assemblies the nicest place to spend time, and you will find more people wanting to spend time there. Work and make the atmosphere pleasant wherever you are. Take it easy on Tommy’s cat! !

For His Cause, Tim Woodward

via the Smithville Church of Christ

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