Friday, May 29, 2015

Keeping Ourselves Down


“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”  -Marian Anderson

King Saul could see that God’s favor was with his employee David.  In those days, one became famous by becoming a military success.  It was obvious that David had become a national sensation when people sang, “Saul has slain thousands, and David tens of thousands.”  For the rest of Saul’s life he did everything he could to hold David down: withholding what he owed him, manipulating and slandering him, even trying to kill him.  Saul became a shell of the man he’d once been.  Do some honest soul-searching to ask yourselves this question.  Does someone else have to lose in order for me to win?  We scheme covertly or overtly to ensure some rival doesn’t get what they want (the influence, affection or position).  In effect, we become meaner and smaller than our best selves.  Most of the time, others see our meanness for what it is, and we lose out on opportunities we may have had.  Today decide to have this mindset: when I help someone else rise then I will also rise.”    

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4, ESV).

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