In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Philippians 2:5-7 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Emptied

The establishment of hybrid work as a long-lasting trend is evident, as supported by a recent global report by McKinsey Global Institute. Since mid-2022, office attendance has reached a stable state across developed nations, consistently maintaining a 30 percent decline compared to pre-pandemic levels. The result is that many Canadian downtown business districts have at least partially emptied. Foot traffic around stores in metropolitan areas continues to remain 10-20 percent lower than pre-pandemic levels, and this trend is expected to persist.
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We human beings often think we are something special. We celebrate human accomplishments, in such things as business, sports, entertainment and science. And when something challenging happens, we ask “why me?” When we have a bad day, or we’ve been treated badly, we usually have a bit of a pity party. What a contrast to Jesus, who has been eternally God, and who has forever enjoyed the beauty and majesty of the heavenly realms. He chose to leave all of that behind for a time in order to come to be with us – born in a stable in a village in Roman Palestine. Paul the apostle speaks to this in Philippians 2:5-7: “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Jesus purposefully lowered Himself to our level so that He could, by His death and resurrection, raise us up to live with Him in eternity. We need to learn how to lower ourselves in order to lift others to Jesus.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley