If you want a humbling experience (we all need those from time to time!) make a record of how many times you use the words 'me', 'my' and 'mine' in the course of a day. More revealing than that, how often do you view the circumstances of your daily life through a 'me' filter? I tended for many years to take everything that came my way personally. If someone was nice to me it was because of something I did if someone was not nice to me it was also because of something I did.
God finally showed me that this was a very self-centered and prideful attitude. I didn't at first see it that way since most of the time what I internalized were negative responses leading to putting myself down or feeling inadequate. However, what I was basically saying was that everyone I came in contact with acted as they did because of me! Wow, now that's definitely pride! A wise person once said "We would not worry so much about what others thought about us if we realized how seldom they did!"
Jesus was not a 'me', 'my' or 'mine' kind of person. He didn't view the world through a 'me' filter.
Take in the words of Christ here:
"For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28 NLT)
"My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine" (Matthew 26:39 NLT)
"Father, forgive these people, because they don't know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34 NLT)
Moreover, Christ calls us to this same kind of attitude:
"If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23 NLT)
"In the same way, when you obey me you should say 'We are not worthy of praise. We are servants who have simply done our duty' " (Luke 17:10 NLT)
Do you want to put yourself on the fast track to freedom, peace, joy and spiritual growth? Turn off the 'me' filter. Ask God to help you see the world through His eyes, the eyes of the 'suffering servant'.
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Interesting thoughts. As high school students, a friend and I tried to determine which word was used most in secular songs. He thought it was "baby" and I suggested "love." Of the songs we monitored that week week we were astonished to find the pronoun "I" (and its cohorts: me, my and mine) topped our list. As teenagers, we were impressed with this suggestion of what the world thought most important.
Good article, very thought-provoking. One of our pastors said to our group once, "When you pray think how often you use the words, "I" and "me", it will change your prayer life." And he was right!
Thanks for the reminder.