There are three things that I have to remind myself of constantly! It is an everyday challenge and often a moment by moment challenge to make sure that my heart and mind is focused in the right place. I would love to tell you that I automatically get this right, but the truth is: This is one tough battle.
Continual Reminder #1 – This Is Not About Me! Self help is a good thing, but it is self-sacrifice that is key when it comes to my growing spiritually the way that God created me to grow. One of the biggest temptations I face is the temptation to think it’s about me. Bottom Line: It is not about me, never has been and never will be!
Continual Reminder #2 – This Is Not About Others! This is where it really gets confusing, because if it’s not about me, then it must be about others – right??? Wrong! It involves others, but it’s not about others. The cold hard truth is: It’s about so much more than meeting needs. Often times we busy ourselves with the activity of trying to meet others needs and convince ourselves that it is not about us because we are focused on them, but our whole purpose in being focused on them, is often so that we can feel good about ourselves.
This life that we live is about responding to the calling that God has placed upon our lives by using the gifts that He has given us and the shape that He has provided us with, so that we can grow to touch and make a difference in the lives of others, but not to make us feel or look better. It is all for His glory!
Continual Reminder #3 – This Is About God! You were made by God and God made you for Himself! Life will not ever make any sense, until we understand and accept this amazing truth. The purpose of your life is to live for God’s glory – period.
I Corinthians 2:12-13 teaches: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”
Yep – it’s a totally different life that God has in store for us and I am in need constant reminding!