When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.
To put the story above in context, Joseph was falsely accused for having an inappropriate relationship with Potiphar’s wife and was thrown into prison. Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master. Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, and he put them in the same prison where Joseph was being kept.
However, as bad as it looked for Joseph, he chose not to focus on himself. He took his eyes off his situation and circumstances, and chose to focus on what others were going through. He had empathy for these two men. He was concerned about them. He saw they were upset and worried. He saw a need and filled a need.
However, Joseph would not have been able to do that if his eyes were firmly centered on himself. Sadly, too often we are like the two men in prison and not like Joseph.
Stop, look around, and take notice. It’s vitally important that we take our eyes off ourselves and our circumstances, so that God can use us to comfort, encourage, impact and influence others all around us.
Like Joseph, make yourself available! God wants to do a work in you – so that He can do a great work through you. Trust Him!
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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