Read Titus 3:1-2.
“Remind the people to be … considerate …”
The concept of being “considerate of others” is fast swirling down the drain in many ways these days, isn’t it? What just a few years ago were “common courtesies” have now become “real rarities” to many. Take a moment now and make a list of some of the simple expressions of mindfulness of and consideration for others that you’ve seen seemingly go by the wayside in a big way in the past few years. I’ll start your list for you here with ten things I’ve watched erode away in a big way, but you flesh it out.
- Being mindful of the way you dress so as to not needlessly fuel temptation, jealousy or resentment in others.
- Consistently using your turn signal when changing lanes.
- Holding the door open for people coming in behind you.
- Not talking loudly or at length on your cell phone in public or text-messaging someone else while talking with another.
- Giving attention with real eye contact an interest to people with whom you’re having casual or even just in-passing conversation.
- Returning your shopping cart to its deposit point rather than just leaving it by your car.
- Speaking clearly and distinctly in conversation knowing that others may not hear quite so well as you do and practicing patience with those whom you know do not.
- Deliberately not packing your life and schedule so full that there’s no real “margin” in your life left over to simply recharge, refresh and just be “there” or “around” for others.
- Putting trash, no matter how small, in a trash can wherever you’re at rather than just leaving it somewhere to be picked up by others, and just generally cleaning up after yourself.
- Exercising care when conversing with others regarding things you own, places you go and privileges you enjoy when conversing with others, realizing they may not own such things nor may ever have such privileges.
Christians are people who are always thinking about how their actions will affect those around them, those who come after them and those who are watching them. They are people who are truly diligent about continually upgrading their “sensitivity software.” They are folks who are actively training themselves to be so keenly aware of how their ways affect those around them that they honestly stand out as being “different” in a callous, indifferent and apathetic world.
At least, that’s the way I’m supposed to be. And you, too. Are we?
Heavenly Father, in the good name of Jesus, show me clearly the ways I need to be more considerate of others. I want to grow a more sensitive spirit, a spirit like yours; a spirit that thinks totally of others before myself. Amen.