โ€œ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜. ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€.โ€ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐Ÿฎ:๐Ÿฏ-๐Ÿฐ

In a world of selfies, โ€œbroadcast yourselfโ€, โ€œsubscribe and follow meโ€, and worth based on likes and followers, this generation has highlighted โ€œselfโ€ more than anything. Itโ€™s an exhausting competition to the top. You can go viral in one second or be forgotten the next minute.

Because of this worldly perspective, we continue to battle within ourselves the love of self more than others. Society tells us to โ€œlove yourselfโ€ but we donโ€™t need more of that because we already do. We put our needs first, we choose our comfort over anotherโ€™s inconvenience, and we haggle as much as we can as to what can benefit us more. ๐™๐™๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™ž๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™–๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™จ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™๐™ช๐™ข๐™—๐™ก๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ซ๐™–๐™ก๐™ช๐™š ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ, ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ.

Now, thatโ€™s no walk in the park. Itโ€™s easier to be apathetic and brush off the needs of others. But Jesus sets the perfect example. He lived it Himself. All His life, He placed the needs of unworthy sinners like you and me, more than His own comfort, convenience, and even His own life. This is what sets the Christian apart from the worldโ€”๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™–๐™˜๐™ง๐™ž๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™š ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™š๐™™๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™–๐™ ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ. ๐™„๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™œ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ก ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉโ€™๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™  ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™›๐™ก๐™š๐™จ๐™จ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™– โ€œ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™›-๐™›๐™ช๐™ก๐™ก๐™ฎโ€ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™.

๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป:
1. As you assess yourself, do you consider others better than yourself?
2. How can you be a blessing to someone today?

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ:
โ€œMighty God, I humble myself for faculties misused, opportunities neglected, words illadvised, I repent of my folly and inconsiderate ways, my broken resolutions, untrue service, my backsliding steps, my vain thoughts. O bury my sins in the ocean of Jesusโ€™ blood and let no evil result from my fretful temper, unseemly behavior, provoking pettiness. O Thou God of all grace, make me more thankful, more humble.โ€ -Valley of Vision prayer

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