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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Selfishness (02/14/05)

TITLE: Hey! What About Me???
By Denene Humphrey
02/18/05


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For most of my life I have been depressed. I have spent years walking around under a dismal, black cloud. During the majority of my adult life I have had a heavy heart full of sadness. On the bright side, though, I had people fooled. No one knew I was depressed. I am an excellent actress. I seemed to have it all together. I always had a smile on my face, or a joke to share. I was fun to be around. Inside though, I was dying.

I would cry out to God over and over to deliver me from this depression, and the feeling that something was wrong with me. I found out though, that what I really needed was deliverance from MYSELF. I discovered that I was selfish, and this selfishness was destroying me. All I thought about was ME. I was on my mind all the time. I walked around day after day with one driving thought; “What about ME?”

Well, I have to say that the Holy Spirit had the answer for me. He asked me, “What is it about you that makes you so important?” I had the answer, “Nothing.” I began to realize that the only good thing in me is the Spirit of the living God. Without the Lord living and working on the inside of me I am garbage. Not fit for any use.

Beloved of God, if you are depressed, I urge you to check your thoughts. Are you always thinking of you? Is selfishness eating away your soul? Change your thoughts. The apostle Paul gave us the key to living an unselfish life in Philippians. He said, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV) After all, Jesus is the epitome of all these things, and meditating on Him never got anyone into any trouble.

Make it your life’s goal to esteem others above yourself. Jesus summed up the entire law with these two commands: Love God; love others. In keeping these commands, you will never have to deal with selfishness again, nor will you have the time to ponder on the importance of yourself. Not only that, you will also experience total freedom and victory over depression.


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donna robinson02/23/05
I have to agree with every word here. I know friends who seem to stay depressed and always it's about their world, their struggles, which I truly understand but when I suggest they get out volunteer somewhere to give back and receive some joy, they say they are too overwhelmed. It takes a lot of struggle to get over YOU but it's the only way. Such an honest piece.
Marjorie Arrowood02/25/05
Pride, I have discovered, masks itself in as many deceptions as possible. Lack of self esteem is every bit as selfish as the more overt form of greed. Thanks for the reminder.