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Philippians 2:5-8

28 Apr

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Philippians 2:5-8

Dear God, I need to do a word study on the word humble because it has been coming up a lot for me over the last eight days. I know I’ve mentioned this before in my journals this week, starting with the one I wrote last Saturday night before I preached. Maybe I’ll take some time to do that this week.

I’ll tell you, I did have one humbling thing come up in my work life the last couple of weeks— surveys. I decided a couple of weeks ago that we needed to survey our patients at work. I’ll admit that I was nervous because you never know what’s going to come back. Then, about five days after that, the consultant doing our board strategic planning retreat said she wanted to do surveys of our staff, board, volunteers, donors and community partners. The one with the staff really made me think twice. There have been some frustrations and factions develop between some of the staff members and my first concern was that it would come out in the surveys and reflect poorly on me to the board. But then I had two thoughts.

  1. No, this is why you do these things. If there’s something they need to know then this will tell it.
  2. (And this is where I’m being really honest with you, God) if I resist then it will make me look like I’m hiding something.
  3. I’ve actually already told some board members about the conflicts about which I know, so if something does come out it might surprise some of them, but others can tell them that these are problems I’ve been trying to address. Maybe I haven’t been adequate in handling them, but I haven’t tried to sweep them under the rug or hide them either.

Father, it all starts with humility. Then that leads to repentance. Then that leads to loving you and loving others. So I am truly sorry for my sins. I can think of some from yesterday. I will strive to spend some time worshipping you and others today. And please use these surveys at work to make all of us better.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen

 
1 Comment

Posted by on April 28, 2018 in Philippians

 

One response to “Philippians 2:5-8

  1. Pam Cotten

    April 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    It seems to me that anytime humans are grouped together for whatever purpose (a common goal or task, or perhaps a mutual social connection) factions and personalities will emerge. In my opinion, your perception that it’s a healthy thing is accurate. Clothes won’t come clean in the washer unless there is some healthy agitation. And a match won’t light without the necessary friction. Your keen interest in the dynamics of the staff is the mark of good management, and I think such surveys are beneficial.

     

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