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Do you know why, I think, people in other countries can do the worst of jobs with genuine smiles on their faces? It's simple. People from humble places, with humble lives, do not have entitlement complexes. They're content because, unlike so many of us more privileged folk, they do not believe they deserve better simply because they are breathing. They don't believe that a great job should immediately follow college graduation, most do not make it to college. Or that marriage should come at the "right time" because everyone knows you kill over and die if you don't get married by twenty-four. Or that that raise should have been theirs because they work hard every day. Or that the American dream is all they should live for.
It's been four years since I visited Nicaragua, but that country, those people, have yet to stop impacting me. Their living conditions were so humble. The best they saved for us would have translated as poverty here. It was their best and it was for us. Most did not know Jesus, but the lives they lived were more closely identified with Him than my own redeemed life.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:3-8).
Surrender- it looks a lot like selflessness. It's knowing that you do not know everything. You are not entitled to anything. It's confidence in His sovereignty. You can and will be used at any stage, in any season, with a surrendered heart.
So put on your game face, smile, and surrender your heart. It's living, y'all!
The picture is always bigger than the spaces we see.
In His Name,