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Don’t you love a good comeback story?  One of the women in Jesus’ family tree is Ruth. The story begins with Ruth as a young woman. Her life seems to hold a bright future. She marries a husband with strong family ties. They begin building a life together. But in a few short years her family is devastated by death. Ruth’s husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law all die. Ruth is left with nothing.

Yet while her sister-in-law returned to her own people. Ruth said,  “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” (Ruth 1:16)

Now that’s commitment! Ruth put others first. What would cause someone to make a commitment like that? I don’t think you can make a commitment thinking only of your benefit. I think true godly commitments are made when we’re also thinking about the welfare and needs of others! 

Philippians 2:3 commands us, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Focus on meeting the needs of someone else and see if God doesn’t bless you! God wants us to be like Him. Always blessings others because He knows that’s where joy comes from. Put others first.

If you are stuck in a situation and there seems like there is no hope, here is the challenge, instead of focusing on your problems, put others first and set a goal to meet the needs of another. If you have no money to buy food, go out and help in your community. Help shovel snow for free. Help clean the leaves from someone’s garden, focus on how you can bless someone. If you’re feeling lonely, go help in your local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. GIVE, GIVE, GIVE, BLESS, BLESS, BLESS.

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