Bible Verse: All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ. (Philippians 2:21)

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:1-30

“That’s out of this world!”

Perhaps an older expression you rarely hear anymore.

But how often have we been out of our world? How often do we venture out of our bubble?

“You’re out of your mind,” another expression that is more an insult than anything. But how often have we ventured out of our minds? How often do we put ourselves in another person’s situation?

We’re so wrapped up in what we want to say and rarely listen to what someone else has to say.

Try this for one day (I know it is a lot of hard work) but instead of thinking of :

  • What you are going to say
  • What your plans are for the day
  • What your concerns are
  • Where you need to be
  • Who you are going to see

Switch it up and draw those thoughts out of everyone else you are in contact today:

  • What movie are you waiting to see?
  • What is bothering you today?
  • Who are you worried about?
  • What can I do to make your life easier?
  • Is there something you would like to share that is weighing heavy on your heart?

Ok, that is too personal for most people but at least do this, just imagine what others are going through, imagine how other people feel when you dump all your ideas on them and don’t give them the opportunity to express their goals and dreams.

Ask someone how you can help with their day, forget about your day, your schedule, your life, your tiny bubble and your deadlines. For one day let them go.

And if you are comfortable at all about prayer ask someone how you can pray for them today (and actually follow through) shooting prayers up to heaven for them here and there.

My day went faster and I discovered that there are whole new worlds out there. I ventured into outer space, out of my space as I travelled out of my mind and into someone else’s headspace.

Yes, I want to go out of my mind more often. I look forward to going out of this world it somehow lightened my world and my anxieties and fears seem to lessen.

People were transformed before my very eyes. Maybe not at first. They were thinking: I don’t know you that well, I don’t trust you, what are you doing?

But once they realize that you care they may open up.

I saw inner beauty and also open wounds. I saw other world travellers and tracked their journeys.

And the day flew by.

— David Sukkau, poet and author of Into the Valley


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