Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
“Happy Chompo to me. Is how it ought to be. Happy Chompo to Frances, Happy Chompo to me,” read Alayna, from her book titled, A Birthday For Frances by Russell Hoban. The little sister, Gloria, was having a birthday. Her big sister, Frances, was not to pleased because Gloria had hidden, Frances’s sand pail and shovel last year. Wow, last year and she’s still upset. Frances, also wanted to eat the Chompo Bar that she bought for Gloria’s birthday present because she didn’t think Gloria deserved to eat it.
This book gave me an opportunity to share a couple of simple lessons. I asked the girls, “should we be upset about something that happen a year a go? Should we hold grudges?” Of course the answer was, no. But it was a great reminder that we should be quick to forgive. Toys will come and go, bend and break, but sisters are forever!
We also talked about selfish desires. Gloria wanted the Chompo Bar all for herself. It’s easy to hear the voice that shouts SELF! SELF! SELF! But it’s another to listen closer to the whispers that says give the whole thing, not just a piece, give your best, not just left overs, and share your things even when you want to play with them all by yourself. If you listen, even closer, you will hear God speak, don’t worry about your self, I will take care of you. Awww…I love God’s gentle whisper to my heart.
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge again anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.