Monday, September 7, 2020

The Thinking Table

A local television station sent one of its reporters to a kindergarten to interview the children. One young boy seemed to stand out above all of the other children. His energy, his enthusiasm, and his excitement were very obvious.Approaching him, the reporter asked, “Do you like school?”

“Oh, yes,” he replied. Then he became quiet for a moment and said, “Except for the thinking table.” 

“The thinking table? What’s the thinking table?” asked the reporter.

“It’s that table over in the corner. The teacher sends us over there to make us think,” he responded.

“Think? Think about what?” continued the interviewer.

“Well,” the boy answered, “the last time I had to go there and think was after I hit Sarah. I had to go over there and think about why I hit her and why I shouldn’t have.” 

Paul said that we “should think of others better than ourselves.” His statement does not mean that we should put ourselves down, but that we are to set aside our desires and not take advantage of others. We are to treat others with respect and common courtesy that we ourselves want. If we did think of their needs first, we would not need “thinking tables.”

Prayer:  Often, Father, we think “more highly of ourselves” than we should. We ask You to convict and convince us to “let Your mind be in (control) of us.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:3-4

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