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Today’s Reading: Philippians 2:5-8 Version ESV
An athlete said: “when my friend becomes the winner, I die a little bit”. The truth is that we all insist in outshining, to be the best, to put ourselves first. It’s so hard to take second place!
The 21st century has raised the level of our selfishness. “I have to do it by myself”, “I have the duty to develop my skills”; “I must be the best”. “And if loyalty or commitment to others stops me, well, then I put them aside”.
I think it’s very important to be aware of our commitments to each other even in the world of competition and selfishness we are living today. We have to agree that the person, who stands out, should not therefore ensure his own interests but the interest of those around him.
To fight for the interests and welfare of others is not easy, especially in a consumer society like ours. But it is the only thing that can keep our marriage, our neighborhood, our friends, our church, in short, it is the only thing that can sustain us.
Jesus Christ, our Savior, did this as an example for us. “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”.