Do Nothing Out of Selfish Ambition

by SomeGirl on April 20, 2010 · 12 comments

(hahaha… turns out I published this post and then kind of freaked out about it and deleted it real fast, then after talking with a friend,  I found out it published in the RSS feed/reader BEFORE I deleted it… so here it is, reinstated in all it’s embarrassing glory) :)

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

That verse keeps popping into my head… It  started when I began blogging. It’s hard to find balance between writing to get my thoughts out, to encourage myself and others, and  wanting to have people read what I’ve written. That feeling of wanting people to read starts to feel a lot like selfish ambition.  Although, now that I think about it, I don’t think it’s the desire that’s the problem, it’s the selfish SEEKING of people to read (for my blogging buddies you know what I mean, right? Commenting on others’ blogs so they’ll comment back. Following others so they’ll follow back. etc*… ). I’m sorry to say it, but I’ve done those things… however, I’m not going to do them anymore. It’s not genuine on my part and, for me, it’s doing things with “selfish ambition” in my heart. I don’t want to be like that!

So, to counteract my former selfish ambition and in humility consider others better than myself, I’ll link to a GREAT post on the very subject of humility. It will REALLY make you think… it sure made me! How To Be Perfectly Miserable from Sherry at Lamp Unto My Feet.

While you’re there, check out her YUMMY looking recipe for Hot Cheesy Bacon Dip (for those of you who’ve been following here, you’ll appreciate when I say, “there’s nothing Vegan about that”)! Man, does it look DELICIOUS!!

And together, let’s remember to SEEK FIRST His kingdom and His Righteousness!


♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

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*Just in-case you were wondering, I comment on the blogs in my blogroll or on my FB page because I LOVE what you guys write, NOT to get you to comment back! But, I do LOVE it when you comment! :)

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Rachel Pereira

I was just talking about that very struggle w/ my hubby yesterday!! I think Satan loves it when we turn something that can be a true encouragement or ministry into a “selfish ambition”. I’m glad I’m not the only one who fights w/ those temptations!! Thanks for the encouragement!! =)

Some Girl

Oh, Rachel, it makes me feel SO much better knowing you struggle with that, too! I think you’re GREAT! Maybe we can partner in prayer for each other to guard our hearts in this blogging ministry… I REALLY can’t wait to meet you in person! Thank you so much for letting me know I’m not alone!! Love, Michelle

Rachel Pereira

I would LOVE to pray together about that!! I sure need the accountability! Can’t wait to meet you too!! October will be here faster than we know it!! =)


Just re-read this, and I really think it’s great. You know I did the first time, but it’s reallly good. You have exactly the right attitude about all of it, and we all need to remember what our real purpose and intentions are…

Thanks for reminding me to keep my blinders on. I was starting to let them slip!

Love ya!

Some Girl

Shell, you are SO encouraging to me!!! Thank you! I’m so VERY thankful to have you as a friend, neighbor and blogging buddy! Thank you!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Alicia The Snowflake

Oh I know exactly what you mean. It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers of it. But that’s not what we’re called to do. We’re called to serve…pure & simple. Thanks for that great reminder!

Some Girl

Called to Serve… Amen. Thanks, Alicia!


Myself, I have always given in to temptation.

Some Girl


Laura Maly

Hmmm…is it really the selfish desire to want people to ‘read’ our posts or is it that we just want to know that those posts ‘mean’ something? Unfortunately, the only way to truly know that what we write matters and means something to someone is if they comment and/or by the number of readers we have, right? I think that’s the challenge: Ensuring that our main reason for relishing those comments and seeking readers is to connect, to make a difference in someone’s life, to be validated that our thoughts, struggles and celebrations matter.

While everything we do should be for God’s glory, we also need His encouragement, which often is passed along through others. =) Thanks for sharing this particular struggle, which is one many of us face. Know that your posts matter to me and make a difference in my life. And your comments encourage me and let me know I’m doing something right. Keep up the good work! =)


Some Girl

Nice comment! You’re really making me think… I like that! :)

I agree… I don’t see wanting to know that we’ve made a difference with our words or connected with our readers, as a problem. But I wish my motives for doing what I talked about had been so pure… I was recently (a couple of days ago) going through following Twitter people (tweeps?) just to get them to notice me and come to my blog… the same with blog frog and random blogs… more for numbers sake than making a difference. (SUPER embarrassing to say, but true).

And I totally agree about desiring God’s encouragement! I pray often that God would confirm the work of my hands and one way He does that is through encouraging comments, like your sweet one! (thank you by the way!!)

Speaking of that, I sure am GLAD God introduced us in the blog world! ♥ Thanks for commenting and making me think!

♥ Michelle

Laura Maly

I hear you, and I understand. ;-) And, I, too, am glad God introduced us in the blogging world. I’ve had so much fun commenting back and forth. I look forward to reading your words each day – whether in post or comment format. Either is good. =)

Have a good one!

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