“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
Philippians 2:3 says to regard others more than yourself. The Holy Spirit wants to develop in us a desire to prefer others and meet their needs. However, living this way can sometimes be tiring. Let’s face it – we all have days when we don’t want to go out of our way to help someone else. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed trying to help others the way I think I should. At times it seems all of my family members need me, my employees need me, my friends need me, and they all need me in different ways.
Do I ever feel too needed? Yes! And it’s OK if you do too. We all feel overwhelmed from time to time. But we must remember that God gives us grace to do whatever He’s asking us to do. When you feel weary trying to meet the needs of others, go back to Philippians 2:3 and ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Humble yourself before God and He will strengthen you to be there for the people in your life that He’s asking you to help.
God, I want to obey Your Word and regard others more than myself. When I’m struggling, lacking a desire to help others and feel overwhelmed, give me Your grace and strength to love and help the people You’ve placed in my life. In Jesus name. Amen.