My husband processes thoughts externally. I process thoughts internally.
He talks. I think.
So imagine my angst over the past 33 1/2 years as I am constantly (constantly!) having my perfectly organized and single-focused thoughts interrupted by someone who needs to discuss something.
Hey, can you come outside for a minute and look at this?
Sure. (Silent translation: Well, I’m listening to a COMPEL podcast at the moment, but whatever.)
Okay, I’m going to put the blackberry and raspberry bushes here along the back [waves arms] and the strawberries will go along the front in two rows [sweeps hands out across the ground].
Mhm. (Silent translation: Not sure I’m exactly following but sounds good.)
And if we ever need to expand, I can [I am not following the line of thinking at this point.]
Okay, sounds like a good plan. (Silent translation: I don’t know exactly what you’re talking about because my internal vision doesn’t work as well as yours, but I know it’s probably a great idea you’ve got going there.)
But will that interrupt the sunshine for the strawberry plants? (Silent translation: Hey, I had a good thought!)
Hmm, well, [he comes up with some other idea that might work].
Yeah, that could work. (Silent translation: I’m good.)
(More conversation. More conversation. More conversation.)
It’s good for you to be out here with me while I plan these things. It really helps me come up with ideas when I talk them through with you.
Good, I’m glad! (Silent translation: Seriously? It really doesn’t take a lot to make that man happy. So glad I didn’t protest when he asked me to come outside for a minute!)
How often do we put our interests above the interests of others? Take the opportunity this week to put someone else’s interests above your own. In doing so, you “in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
It goes against the grain, doesn’t it? But putting others above ourselves is a powerful teacher. It teaches us to be humble, caring, and more like Christ.
And isn’t that the goal?
God has given us all hands ~ hands to serve. Let’s use them to serve Him well.