Otherliness… a practice

I have the unique privilege of getting to attend events that we host at Sandy Cove Ministries.

This past weekend was our fall couples weekend.  It was a great time and we had our good friends Jay and Laura Laffoon in as our presenters.  They are phenomenal.  Funny, witty, real, authentic and truly inspired teachers of God’s word.  Check them out at www.jayandlaura.com

Jay offered this suggestion while teaching this weekend and it really hit me as a powerful practice.  Whenever you are reading verses that speak to “otherliness” or what some have come to call “one anothering.” insert names into the scripture.  Obviously, for the purpose of the weekend, it was taught in the context of couples, but I think the principle and practice is transferrable.

Take for example Phiippians 2:3-4 “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”  

For me this would be transformed to:  Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress Beth.  Be humble, thinking of Beth as better than yourself.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take and interest in Beth, too.

This could work for anyone.  (and if you want to really stretch yourself, put in a name of an enemy or adversary) Mt 5:44

I used the word practice intentionally in the title, because I know for me, otherliness and one anothering don’t come naturally to me.  I require some practice.

Will you write out Philippians 2:3-4 with your spouses name?  a friend?  an enemy?


be inspired



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