Awareness of our surroundings

by admin on February 17, 2012

By Roderick O.

Pam A.’s Wednesday morning chapel service this week brought awareness of other people to the students’ attention. How does what we do and say affect others around us?

“In a race all the runners run. But only one gets the prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize. All who take part in the games train hard. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”

This reading, on Wednesday, was taken from 1 Corinthians 9:13-36. To me, this reading questions our motives behind what we do. When it comes to helping out other people, do we actually care about the person’s well being?

I know for myself, I am an extremely self-centered person and sometimes helping others is an ego boost. I am not seeking to help this person out more than I am seeking to feel better about myself.

The reading helps remind me that I should be “running in the race for an everlasting crown.” In modern language, I should be doing it for the other person and not for myself because God’s ultimate wish for people is to love one another.

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