Philippians 2:2-5 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Ambition is fine, as long as it is not driven by selfishness. Humility does not mean you have to have a low opinion of yourself, just don’t be conceited and drive others down. It is okay to look out for your own interests as long as you don’t do it at the expense of others.
My Advice – Watch yourself in your career that you do not become driven by selfish ambition. Do not let success make you vain and conceited. Don’t walk over others to advance yourself. Help others at work.
Luke 6:41 – “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – It is human nature to focus on the faults of others while overlooking our own. Perhaps we would have more compassion and understanding for others if we paid more attention to our own?
My Advice – Do not be so critical of others that you fail to see your own shortcomings.
Obadiah 1:3, 4 – “The pride of your heart has deceived you…you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ Though you soar like an eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Pride is a strong narcotic and can deceive us to such a point that we think we do not need God, or least to the point where we forget about Him. When this happens He may have to bring us down, to get us to look up.
My Advice – Never get so full of yourself that you need to be taken down a notch. Better to be humble so that He can rather lift you up.
Hosea 13:6 – “When I fed them, they were satisfied, when they were satisfied, they became proud, then they forgot me.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – How sad but true. God is generous in giving us the things that we need. We are satisfied in what we have and forget Him, becoming proud and self-sufficient.
My Advice – Make every effort to remain satisfied with the things that God provides for you. Do not forget that it is He that provided them. Be thankful for these things. Be humble before God, not proud.