The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225


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More Outward, Less Inward

"So in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the prophets" (Matt.7:12).

We are all familiar with today's verse. I even find it in crossword puzzles from time to time. In our modern society, the individual learns to demand that his or her needs be met. Whether it is within the framework of an organization or part of a church or family, people quickly find their biggest concerns. Sadly it is often about self and not about others, with our needs taking center stage rather than those of others... Someone described one of his friends like this; "When you start talking with Joe, you aren't even aware until you think about it later, that he steered the whole conversation toward you.... He asked your opinion about some thing in the news along with inquiring about your family and job. The whole conversation was about you.... You loved it.... " Folks like Joe are a precious commodity today. I believe that in order to mature as a Christian means to become more outward and less inward... We cannot even begin to treat one another the way we want to be treated until we've walked a few miles in their shoes. When children are born into this world, they are a bundle of material needs which it is up to the parents to supply. We shelter, wash, and feed them while they are unable to do so. As they get older, they start to be able to do these things on their own, along with the socialization skills that we hopefully teach them. Within the family structure, each member has to be aware of how his or her actions affect the rest of the family. It is the same in a church family. When this is not done, peace quickly dissolves. We will find the cure for dysfunction within any group to lie in a desire to be more concerned with the needs of others than of self... When we do this, we become more Christ-like... More outward, less inward...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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