Who has ever been to a nice restaurant where the server was clearly not into being there or serving you? I have. What about the opposite, where you go to some place that you don’t expect much, the food isn’t that great, but you have amazing service? I have been there too. What’s the difference? Attitude.
They say attitude is everything. Attitude matters.
I’m going to take the lead from a fellow blogger, Jon Spencer, and briefly discuss something religious because the sermon I heard this morning got me thinking.
Philippians 2:1-4 says:
1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Verse 3 specifically says do nothing for one’s own conceit because it is better to put others before oneself. In today’s world, this is really hard to do. We live in a world that glamorizes egocentrism, materialism, and self-vanity. But that is not what God values. Instead, He wants us to put others first with a humble spirit so we can understand humility. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. This is one of the greatest lessons that we can learn.
My question now remains, how do you go about teaching 7 and 8-year-olds humility? Can you? They are still cognitively wired to be egocentric at that age. But can you start implanting the seed of others before self and humility? Of course. How does that look? I’m not quite sure yet, but I want to start the conversations.
I briefly caught a glimpse of this when I first introduced freerice.com. My students wanted to play the game as much as they possibly could so more kids could eat. Maybe I need to revisit that site and what it means to put others before ourselves. If anything, the initial conversation could provide insight into the minds of 7 and 8-year olds. That experience can be quite humbling itself.
You can read John Spencer’s blog at: http://jtspencer.blogspot.com/