Daily D – Philippians 2:3-4
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. PHILIPPIANS 2:3-4 (NLT)
There is a book on the shelf above my computer screen by Michael Hyatt. He published Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World in 2012. Its subject matter is a bit dated now as marketing trend lines and methods shift, but it still bears wise guidance. This copy of the book bears Hyatt’s autograph. We met at an event he hosted in Fort Worth around the time of the book’s release. A photographer even snapped our picture.
There are all kinds of platforms. It appears many people think their platforms are all about them. The best platforms, however, are those that are about others. As you build your personal platform, keep in mind Paul’s wise guidance for his friends in Philippi.
First, don’t be selfish. If your platform only has eyes for you, it may not see much in the way of enduring value. Does that sound harsh? That was not my intention. Hear this well: Enduring value is created when we build a better world where others thrive. Point your selfie stick in the direction of others.
Second, don’t try to impress others. Instead, do what serves and edifies them. People who do this are much more impressive than those who only succeed in gathering camera clicks and social media likes.
Third, be humble. Humble yourself before someone humbles you. Those who are humble in their own eyes are often exalted by others.
Fourth, think of others as better than yourselves. Focus on their strengths and celebrate them. Comparison is for losers. What I mean is, if you have to compare yourself with someone else, you are probably less concerned with measuring up than looking down. Do be that guy (or gal).
Fifth, don’t look out only for your own interests. People get pretty tired pretty quickly when all their efforts go into building someone else’s platform. It is hard to keep people interested in stroking your ego.
Sixth, take an interest in others. The most effective way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Notice the statement and restatement in the previous two sentences. Deliberate repetition is often used to make sure people pay attention.
For example, read Philippians 2 from top to bottom. You will see Paul’s instruction, illustration, and application of these truths. You might want to read it all again and ponder it for a few days. As often as you come back to this chapter, so often will you find nourishment and good health.
I will focus on the needs of others.
Our Father, you did for us what Paul tells us to do for others. This is a breathtaking reality. This is universe-shattering truth. We are most like you when we descend to serve. We are most exalted when we edify others. Even our failures demonstrate your love and grace. How have we missed this truth for so long? Empower us to live it today and for the rest of our lives. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.