Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. – (1 Corinthians 10:24, NLT)
Try to do what is good for others, not just what is good for yourselves. – (1 Corinthians 10:24, ERV)
We should stop looking out for our own interests and instead focus on the people living and breathing around us. – (1 Corinthians 10:24, VOICE)
I never cease to be amazed at how quickly things change when my focus shifts from self to others. Even if my situation does not change, my perspective inevitably does. If someone around me needs encouragement and I find ways and words with which to offer encouragement, I discover that I too, am encouraged in the process. Joy and hope accompany each act of extending ourselves to others. May we fix our gaze outward rather than in, so that we may seek to do good for others, just as the Lord has done for us.
Do not be concerned,
For your sense of good;
But do for others,
That which Jesus would.
For we’re being called,
To look out, not in;
Encourage, build up,
Love others like kin.
God in His goodness,
Meets us as we give;
Strengthens and equips,
New life as we live.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to look outside of ourselves to seek to do good for others. Thank You that we need not worry about ourselves, as You are far more capable than we are, so it is best for us to focus our attention on loving You and loving people, allowing You to be who You say You are. Forgive us for not trusting You to be big enough to carry our concerns. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would place the weight of our worries in Your hands, and look to You to show us how to do what is good for those around us. Help us to have open eyes and willing hearts, so that we may see opportunities to love well and act on them. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we focus on loving You and the people that You place all around us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
When times are good, be happy. – Ecclesiastes 7:14