Trampling others down

I’m a big fan of building yourself up, of encouraging yourself for the journey.

But there are times when we can get so focused on getting ahead—in life, at work, in our achievements, and even in our spiritual lives—that we start to think we’re better than other people.

Recently in my small group a friend named David shared something he had once overheard: “It is the smallest of all men who builds himself up by putting others down.”

That’s so true. It’s one thing to ask God to strengthen you through prayer, worship, Scripture, fellowship, rest, and serving others, but it’s another to try to make yourself feel better by belittling the people around you.

You’re not really going up in the world if you’re trampling others down.

It was Jesus who said, “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:11).

So as you try to fortify yourself for the journey of life, make sure you’re not putting others down in the process. They have their battles, and you have yours.

You’re not really going up in the world if you’re trampling others down.

By Matthew Ruttan

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