Philippians 2:6-8

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:6-8

Dear Jesus, 

Help me to forget everything in which I normally pride myself, everything I have ever done for others, every talent or insight I have come to cherish, all so that I consider only listening to others and valuing their lives and experiences.  Raise my relationships to the place where you lived as you humbly forgot yourself and only thought of us.  Help me find my happiness in helping friends and family be happy, to find my joy increasing the joy of others.  Make my place in every relationship the place where I serve and build up and not manipulate to get what I want.  Make me like you when you saved me.  


Pastor Don Patterson

The trick in life is to maximize your giftedness to give gifts to others and not yourself.