Avoiding Common Pitfalls, Part Two

Avoiding Common PitfallsOn Tuesday, I mentioned our temptations I believe the disabled are especially prone to face – the temptations of missing the assembly, grumbling, rudeness, and selfishness. Yesterday, I offered suggestions to help overcome the temptations of missing the assembly and grumbling. Today, I wish to tackle the other two temptations – rudeness and selfishness.

How can we overcome rudeness and selfishness when we’re struggling?




  • Rudeness

    When I am tempted to be rude, I would do well to remember:

    • Other people have bad days, too.

    • No one else can know what I’m suffering.

    • A smile could brighten up someone else’s day.

    • Every person bears the image of God.

    • To paraphrase Paul, I cannot return rudeness for rudeness (Romans 12:17)

  • Selfishness

    When I am tempted to be selfishness, I would do well to remember:

    • Jesus, although He had every right to demand service, came as a servant.

    • Jesus, after washing His disciples’ feet, told His people to follow His example.

    • Everyone needs help bearing a burden.

    • Life does not revolve around me.

    • Serving Jesus means serving others.

Let’s not fall into the common pitfalls of missing the assembly, grumbling, rudeness, and selfishness. May we honor God every day that we live. Until tomorrow, be blessed!




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