I remember when I went away to college for my freshman year. All through high school I had been extremely shy. I felt awkward in groups that were outside of my small circle of friends. And I was scared to death if a pretty girl directed any attention my way! I had no idea what to do or what to say. But when I got to college, I found a multitude of people, especially girls, that I didn’t know, and they were unaware of my shy tendencies. I made the most of that opportunity, established many new friendships, and met my beautiful wife while in college.
My wife and I started our married life in south Florida, where we knew nobody. We were free to establish our identity as a married couple among new friends who had no previous impressions. We moved several times the first few years, and each time, we had the opportunity to make new impressions. Each time, we probably changed a little, just because of our new surroundings and new social groups.
It’s not always necessary to move, change jobs or churches in order to get a fresh start. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of a change in attitude or in our treatment of others. Last Sunday I listened to a sermon on Philippians 2:3, which says, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” We probably don’t realize how self-centered was really are. How much would your life change if you made a conscious effort to treat others as more significant than yourself? Would it change the way you treat the server at a restaurant or the person who wants to move into your lane on the highway? Would your friends or co-workers notice a change in your behavior or demeanor?
It may be time for a fresh start!