Joel Anders January 16, 2011 Word Count: 336 Availability “Look not every man on his own things

, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:4-7. Upon having nearly all of my possessions stolen, I was recently blessed to be able to experience the availability of others. Both of my brothers took their eyes off of their own possessions and put them on my “things”, or the lack thereof, and got me through the next couple of weeks. Having experienced that blessing firsthand, making myself available to others should be a lot easier than it has been.

I think that availability is a matter of the heart. For example, writing this meditation commentary. Most weeks, writing the weekly med com is a snap. I usually have lots of ideas and examples and references in scripture. This week however, my thoughts are not making themselves available to get this paper done. Why? I believe it to be because of where my heart has been this semester, namely, everywhere but at Verity. Where I to be truly focused on the task at hand, it would show itself in everything that I do. This paper would flow in a logical matter for example, and it would not take the hour and twenty minutes that I’ve spent getting just this much done.

Upon personally experiencing the stellar example of other concerning availability. picking myself up and switching tracks seems to be the best solution. By taking on the form of man. May the Lord bless my efforts. . and not only concentrate on what God has set before me this semester. Christ gave the ultimate example of throwing off everything that He had to serve others. For me. Here is my stab at tying the above three paragraphs together into a logical conclusion. but what I can do to help others with what God has placed before them. This has to be the strangest meditation commentary I have ever written. and upon recognizing my own opposing attitude. availability has to start with throwing off my back whatever monkey hopped on during break.More importantly availability comes from a heart that is desiring to seek and follow God.