Loving Others in a Time of Need
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
I saw a video the other day on Facebook. A mother of a 4 month old was taking a class at Baylor University. At the last minute, her babysitter cancelled on her. In desperation, Katy Humphrey did the only thing she could think of…she took her baby, Millie, to class with her.
What would the professor do? He had several options. I’m sure children aren’t supposed to be brought to class, so he could have told her, “rules are rules,” and asked her to leave. He could have even gotten upset with her and berated her for interrupting his class like that. He also could have just ignored it and went on with his class hoping the baby wouldn’t be too disruptive.
He did none of those things.
Instead, when the baby started fussing (as babies do), he walked over and pick up Millie gently in his arms and soothed her and then continued to hold Millie while going on with his lecture for the class. He did this for the rest of the class.
“I didn’t want her to feel uncomfortable about the whole situation.” Dr. Darryn Willoughby said. “Taking care of others in a time of need…even in not a time a need…just loving and caring about others, that’s God’s purpose.”
Dr. Darryn Willoughby showed Katy and Millie love. He didn’t see himself as the most significant person in that classroom that day, but rather, in humility, he counted Katy and Millie as more significant and set aside his own interests for theirs.
Jesus did this for us. He had every right to cast us out, to condemn us for our sins. Instead, He humbled Himself and gave Himself as a sacrifice for us. He loved us. No greater love has anyone shown than what Jesus showed us on the cross. That’s how much He loves you.
You can watch the video about Katy, Millie, and Dr. Willoughby here. (Man, that guys arms are huge! …almost as big as his heart.)
Thank You for not treating us as we deserve. Thank you for humbling Yourself and dying for us to save us. Help me to humbly treat others as more significant and look out for their interests over my own.