"Do nothing out of selfish ambition, or vain conceit.
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves." Philippians 2:3
So, of course, I have an opportunity to practice this verse immediately.
I've been working at the library for a few hours today. Why? It's quiet. That's why people go to the library, right?
I'm enjoying the quiet of the library and getting work done. Then I hear a booming voice. And it doesn't stop talking. This older gentleman has entered the library and is giving every library worker a hard time; in jest, I think. The resounding voice continues to interrupt my work. I'm even wearing headphones! I peer from my corner of the library down the aisle to the front desk to see who this inconsiderate person is. Doesn't he know it's a quiet zone?
Then he walks toward me! He starts to talk to me. I'm not nice and say something snotty like, "Yes, I have work to do. That's why I'm at the library." Trust me, it came out like a brat. I'm not proud of that. He settles in at my table and reads the newspaper.
I continue working. Then I hear God's gentle prompting inside telling me to apologize to this man and to call him 'sir' when I do it.
I have a little fight with God, but He is right. Understatement of all understatements, huh? For goodness sake, I'm studying humility! Remember Philippians 2:3? Vain means being too proud of your own abilities. Selfish is only showing concern for yourself. "Rather, in humility value others above yourselves..."
So I humble myself and apologize to this man. He smiles, we chat and I feel that peace on the inside that comes from obeying God.
Evidently, God teaches me lessons at the library! Please don't stop, Lord. As a favorite teacher of mine says, "I haven't arrived yet, but I've left."