May 2-Thinking of Others

May 2-Thinking of Others

May 2: Thinking of Others


Scripture Lesson: Philippians 2:1-5


On this date in 1939, prior to a game with the Tigers in Detroit, Lou Gehrig told manager Joe McCarthy that he was benching himself “for the good of the team.” The Yankee legend had not missed a game since 1925, and his record streak ended at 2,130 consecutive games played. Later that season, Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) – now commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” – which forced him to retire from baseball. When Gehrig lost the ability to play at his typically high level, many people wondered what his problem was. Gehrig, thinking only of what was best for the Yankees, took the step to bench himself. It was a very sad day for baseball, but Gehrig showed true character in thinking of others more than himself.


In writing to the church at Philippi, Paul encouraged his friends to be like-minded and loving, and to have unity. He encouraged them to do nothing out of selfishness, but to consider others better than themselves and look after the interests of others. Paul called on them (and us) to have the attitude of Christ Jesus. Jesus always looked out for others before He looked out for Himself. He gave up heaven to come to this world for you and for me. If we are going to have the attitude of Jesus, then we have to put others and their needs before our own. We cannot live selfish lives: we must live selfless lives. Our challenge for today is to live lives of service and love. We are to look beyond ourselves and see what we can do for others.

  1. How did Gehrig look beyond himself to others?

  2. How can we do the same?

  3. What does it mean to live a selfless life for Christ?

Today, why not find a way to serve your teammates and coaches by living example of Jesus and having His attitude?


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