Making A Good Connection

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Let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:4-5
The energy in the battery in your car wants to make a connection. It wants to flow energy from the positive terminal to the negative. That’s great when the connections are all clean and the switches work. Turn the ignition switch, make the connection, and energy flows through to the starter. The engine turns over and starts.
Your battery so wants to make that connection however that it sometimes won’t wait. If there is a short, a worn wire that rubs on the frame somewhere, then the power will simply flow there. A short circuit like this takes the energy through the frame and back to the battery.  Energy is flowing but not the way that’s intended. Energy is flowing but nothing good is happening.
Kindness is the good connection that God intended. In our text, Paul reminds us to be connected in kindness to the concerns of ourselves. We are a battery of interest in the life of someone.  The connection Paul wants seeks someone else as the place for our energy. Take the energy of interest in someone else and let the energy flow. This is the wiring diagram God had in mind. The pattern of Jesus is the model. How easily he could have spent his energy only on himself. But instead his care flowed to others even to the point of his death.
A short circuit of kindness never makes it to others but takes the shortcut to return only to itself. But the point of kindness is an energy that flows to someone else. And surprisingly, a short circuit will only drain the battery while the correct circuit will start the engine and run the alternator that recharges the batter. How strange:  self-interest drains energy, while sending the energy to others replenishes our battery.  Let the energy flow.Our Heavenly Father, thank you for the energy of interest in others. Keep us from the short circuit of caring only for ourselves. Instead let the energy of kindness flow to others, just as it did with you.  Recharge us as we send kindness to others. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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