“I am so overwhelmed with everything going on in my own life, as much as I’d like, I simply can’t help you.”
Taken at its worst, it huffs:
“My life and my stuff is so much more important than yours, I simply won’t be bothered to help you out.”
But let’s read the mug with a different attitude. Let’s read it with humility, love, and concern. Do you hear it? When we read the mug’s slogan with the right attitude, it reminds us of an important biblical truth.
Checkout the following few passages:
- “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
- Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21
- Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
I could have shared many more verses, but I think we get the idea. Jesus commanded we love each other as He loves us. He put our needs before His own. He even gave His life for us.
Caring about others and loving them doesn’t mean we neglect our own needs (Philippians 2:3-4). With the right attitude and God’s guidance we can do both. Yet most days we are too busy to let the young mom with the fussy toddler have our place in line.
It’s up to us to choose. Sarcasm or humility. Selfishness or concern. What’s going to be our attitude today?
Is there someone you can reach out to today? A need you can meet before the sun goes down?