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Topic: Selfishness (02/14/05)
TITLE: Read This Right Now Because I Wrote It!
By Becky Meyer
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Whoa, back up! Erase that last paragraph. God doesn't want me to take credit for the gifts he's given me. That would be very selfish.
But that's me--selfish; self-centered. I spend twenty-four hours, seven days a week with me. I think about myself, my needs, my dreams…me! Being selfish is a part of my human nature.
My best friend and I spent lots of time bickering with each other when we were very young. We went back and forth trying to see who was better or who had bigger problems at school or home. Now that I look back, arguing like this seems so dumb. But the heat of the moment, I was only focused on making my problems bigger or my achievements larger than hers.
God has the largest achievements and bigger problems with saving souls than anyone on earth. Now I'm learning to look at things from His perspective and try to have His selfless goals of helping others.
Instead of trying to look better than my friend, I watch for opportunities to praise her for her achievements and walk through her problems alongside her. Instead of being selfish, I'm trying to be selfless and pleasing to God.
Sure, I'm still selfish. But so are you. Everyone is selfish to a point, though that's not what God wants from us. He wants us to follow Him, be selfless, and hear others needs.
We normally put ourselves first and others last. God says that those who put themselves last on Earth will be first in the kingdom of heaven. Don't you want to be first there, right next to Jesus? I know I do.
Today I read in a history book that in 1610 Galileo Galilei realized the universe doesn't revolve around the Earth; instead it revolves around the sun. THE WORLD DOESN'T REVOLVE AROUND YOU! The world revolves around the Son of God. Instead of being self-centered, we should be God-centered, with the mindset of a servant for God.
You might be thinking, I know I'm selfish. If God wants me to be selfless how do I start? Here's a recipe to try.
The first step is becoming self-aware, which means you have to realize you are thinking too much about yourself. I have a journal in which I write praises to God. When I get done with an entry, I count how many times I refer to myself in it. I compare that number with the number of times I refer to God (or any of the Holy Trinity). My aim is to use God's name more than mine. This helps me become self-aware of my selfishness.
Second, you need self-control, disciplining your mind to think about more than just yourself and your own desires. Are you always in a hurry? Why not slow down and watch for people you could help along the way? Does the Bible say Jesus ran at any point? Slow down and walk.
Third, focus on God and ask Him to show you what He wants you to do for others. Look for opportunities to honor God by honoring others. Paul tells the church of Philippi: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider other better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 2:3-5)
Last (but not least--this step is ongoing), try to keep your thoughts centered on God and not yourself. "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2) Are you looking for Him in the world around you, or are you still being selfish?
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