Me First!

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I recently heard a man tell a story of how he edged out a woman in a wheelchair and hobbled his way to the first seat on the airplane. He told the story almost with a sense of pride. He had been injured in an accident and felt he needed the bulkhead seat for more legroom since his leg was covered with road rash. The woman in the wheelchair was going so slow, that he decided to go around her and race his way to the front. She in fact was looking for a seat that offered more legroom, and he was happy he secured it.

I was gasping inside as he recounted the events. My thought was, “is chivalry dead?” “Has this man ever considered putting others first?” “How horrible!”


I was gasping inside as he recounted the events. My thought was, “is chivalry dead?”


I’m sure you may come to the same conclusion, but I realized I immediately placed myself as judge over him. I was all of sudden a better person than he, because I would never think of doing something like that – would I?

Philippians 2:3 says: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”

It would have been easy for me to throw scripture at this man, but I needed to get the 2×4 out of my eye first. Did you read the last part of the verse? By no means was I thinking of him as better than myself.

While some people’s actions may say, “me first,” others of us have hearts and minds that scream, “ME FIRST!” Amen or Oh ME!

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