Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from selfish ambition 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.
This past week I had the honor to help in my wife Kristi’s kindergarten class. Kristi has a way to create such a positive, loving, learning environment. Yes, she is strict, but still brings about an atmosphere of learning and where these young students help each other, care for each other, are kind to each other, and learn the valuable lessons of interacting with others. The kids in her class are amazing, fun, intelligent, bright, thoughtful, hard workers, and very considerate of others. I learn so much from them and they inspire me to be a better person. On this particular visit, it was a student’s last day. Kristi, knowing this child would miss all the festivities of the last day of school, let the class know this was his last day and encouraged kids to let him know he will be missed and it was great to have him as a classmate. I thought it was nice for Kristi to say, but honestly did not think many kids would come up to the boy who was leaving. I was blown away, as throughout the clean up and goodbyes for the day, many, if not most of the kids came up and thanked this boy for being in their class, told him they would miss him, and wished him a great summer. They did not all come up to him at once, but as they opened up the door to how this kid must feel, they went up to him, looked him in the eyes and talked with him. Some gave hugs, some laughed, some said very little, but these little gestures of consideration were life giving.
Sure these kids could have taken the normal path of thinking only about themselves. However, they made the choice to be considerate, and it will have a lasting impact on this little boy, but also on them.
1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, it will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
I know I get so busy or so focused on what I am doing, I am not as considerate towards others as I should be. It’s like this person I saw on that very day, right before I went to Kristi’s class. I was pulling out of the doctor’s office and part of the parking lot was a farmer’s market. Well, this person decided to cross, not at a cross walk or safe place to cross, but walked down the center of the drive way blocking cars coming in and going out of the parking lot. Neither she nor her adult son were being considerate of the safety hazard they were causing. They even seemed to slow their pace as cars were edging up toward them and continued to not get out of the way. We all just waited, and you could see the unfortunate negative expressions and feelings brought out by this inconsideration.
Romans 2:8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
I think most people who where inconvenienced by this thoughtless few just shrugged it off and went about their day.
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
I drove off being challenged to be a bit more considerate of my actions.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
This same day ended with yet another lesson in being considerate. We had gone to enjoy a date night at Disneyland. At our restaurant we were overcharged. When we called it their attention, wow, the shift manager came out and instead of being all miffed over the mistake or blaming us, he was kind, asking us about our day. He apologized and not only made it right, but even knocked a few dollars off the total bill. We thanked him for his kindness and he said, “I want you to be treated the way I would want to be treated.” That reminded me of Jesus’ words in Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. The Disney guy also said he wanted to give us such a positive guest experience we would tell others. It worked! Disney’s customer service is all about being considerate.
Being considerate is not just good for business, but good for life. I wonder how much good and joy we could spread if we would seek to be even more considerate. Let’s try!
Church can be a great place grow in being more considerate. If you don’t regularly attend a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net. You can even attend one of our live-streaming services on line (see http://live.cypresschurch.net/).
Seeking to be more considerate along with you,