A turtle desired to travel to Florida for the winter. Being unable to walk that far, he made an arrangement with a couple of geese. Each one would hold the end of a rope and he would clamp on to the middle of the rope and fly with them to Florida. Everything was working fine until someone in admiration of the plan asked, "Who in the world thought of that?" Unable to resist the chance to take credit, the turtle opened his mouth to shout, "I did..."
When Paul complimented Timothy for His attitude and service, he said, "For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:19-20). A good and worthy cause may be defeated because self promotion is sought. Instead of seeking credit, let us develop an attitude of thanksgiving that we are allowed to serve in any way that might be beneficial, and at the same time be thankful for the service of others. Let us look for opportunities to encourage others, helping them to reach their goals. Let us focus on the accomplishment of the overall mission and not personal praise.
Remember our Lord Jesus Christ who came "not to be served, but to serve, and give His life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).
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