"Others First"

August 26, 2021 | By Chuck

                For many years, prior to the Covid crisis, I made countless hospital visits.  Each of those visits were important to me as I hoped to bring some encouragement to those hospitalized.  I’ve always believed a big part of what I do is spending time with the hurting and praying for them.  I remember one particular hospital visit from many years ago.  This individual was an amputee due to being a severe diabetic.  A hospital visit to him was anything but normal. 

                He had developed an infection so to step inside his hospital room required me to put on a gown, gloves and a mask.  As you can imagine, this was not convenient at all as it took time to dress out to make the visit.  Every single time I made a hospital visit to this brother I had to stop outside his room and wash my hands thoroughly, put on a gown, mask and gloves.  So, why make that hospital visit?  Why not just wait until he’s discharged from the hospital and visit him at home?  I believe it was so encouraging to him that I’d take the time to dress out to come into his hospital room to visit him.  The way I see it is it’s not about me but always about others first. 

                What a true difference Christians could make in our world today if we’d just get the fact that it’s about others first.  “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” (Phil. 2:3-4).