Focus on God's Faithfulness
Thursday, March 8
LeBlanc family - Adam, Christy, Payton, and Aubrey, members of RPC since November 2010
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which is also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. - Philippians 2:3-8 (NASB)
As Christy and I reflect on the history of our own family, we have learned that subduing selfishness and embracing servitude becomes more challenging yet more necessary. In truth, to love perfectly requires sacrifice and service, and we struggle with this on a daily basis. Now, as our eldest daughter's demands grow, we realize more than ever that we must steadfastly remain patient, humble, and ready to serve. Christy and I often feel overwhelmed, as the endless list of chores, work calls, doctors' appointments, and playdates seem to demand 25+ hours per day, that we do not know where to turn or how to accomplish it all. Inevitably, we have our moments where we have to shout - selfishly - that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, I NEED MY TIME!
I acknowledge this will not change anytime soon. We will still demand "me-time," and we still will have work to do. But Christy and I have learned that some of our most loving moments now are when we serve one another. I am moved when Christy selflessly completes bed-time when I walk in from work. Similarly, two hours alone to grab a coffee and do some shopping while I watch the girls completes Christy's weekend. In this way, we have learned, that humility and service gratifies us the most.
We reflected on the above verse with our family together to express our love in the most Christ-like way possible - as a servant for one another. We spoke with our daughter about how wonderful she feels when she plays and spends time with Aubrey - and the delight her little sister has in that time as well. We talked about how proud we were when she demonstrated love, kindness, and consideration in how she can help us. When she tells us about her excitement in Sunday school or her new blessing over lunch, we give her our undivided attention. We reflected on how it made us all feel, and how putting the needs of others above yourself is fulfilling and worthwhile, and often more gratifying than serving oneself. We also reflected on the verse in how Jesus, existing in the form of God, chose to humble himself as a servant and dedicated his life - and death - to that pursuit. In that way, our devotional is to focus on the service to others - to those we love but also to those less fortunate than us. During this Lenten season, we will reflect and dedicate time to ensure our service can glorify God and bring us closer to Him.
Questions for Kids
- What does it mean to be selfish?
- Why does God want us to put others before ourselves?
- What are some different ways we can help others?
- How can we dedicate more time to God in our daily lives?
Dear God, We love You so much! Help us not to be selfish. Teach us to be nice to everyone and to serve others. Bring us together to read stories about You, so we can learn about Your love. Amen.
The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.
The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?
This year we want to make the devotional more accessible for families with children. In order to do that we have included some devotions that are written by families. We encourage all of you to engage with your children using this devotional as a tool.
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