Philippians 2:4 (ESV)
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Rub shoulders in enough malls, sports arenas, and airports – anywhere there are people, really – and you’ll discover one thing: common courtesy isn’t so common anymore. But if more of us were like Christina and Michael, we could turn that around.
Have you ever had to board an airplane with a baby in tow? It can be an awkward and uncomfortable experience. Weary passengers are a notoriously impatient bunch, and the sight of a baby can sour their attitudes in a flash. No welcoming smiles here. Just icy glares … if they’re willing to make eye contact at all.
Lots of parents, sensing that condemnation, guard against it with a cynical attitude of their own. But one couple chose a refreshing approach. They launched what could only be called a “preemptive strike of courtesy.” After boarding, Christina and Michael handed out baggies of candy to the passengers around them. Attached to each was a note on behalf of their twin fourteen-week-old boys. In part, it read: “We’ll try to be on our best behavior, but we apologize in advance in case we get scared or our ears hurt.”
It was a simple gesture that diffused what is typically a tense situation. Fellow travelers who otherwise might have been easily irritated were suddenly understanding and friendly. And these thoughtful parents showed that when you extend consideration, you’ll often get it in return. So as you go about your day today, what can you do to look to the interests of others?
Dear Lord, we pray that we look out for the interest of others today. Help us to find small ways to reach out and show Your love to those around us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.