The longer we live, it seems like the more we recognize the ridiculous effort we go to in order to pretend it’s all about us.
We have God’s written Word to confront this ugliness in ourselves, as well as the Holy Spirit, and the wisdom of other mature Christians.
And still we persist.
But thank goodness it’s not about us!
Our life is meant to revolve around Jesus. And even He made it all about the Father. That’s crazy to think about. Jesus wouldn’t have been promoting Himself on Facebook or Twitter, despite being the Savior of the World. He would have been pointing us continuously to God.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant…”
I wish it wasn’t such a constant battle to fix my eyes on Jesus. But it is. It takes a daily determination to remember to focus on Him, and still I often fail!
A.W. Tozer says our craving to have things revolve around us is “an evil desire to shine”. He reminds us that Satan also wanted to shine just as brightly as God.
And look where that got him.
I love this song from a new favorite band, For King and Country. (And no it’s not just because they’re British.) It encourages me to keep on keeping on.
A few weeks ago, I came across this during our school time. It was too good not to share!
“A good plan is to take your Self by the shoulders, look him full in the face and laugh at him for a ridiculous fellow. This is what is called having ‘the saving grace of humor,’ and people who have it do not make themselves absurd by putting on airs and graces. It is nearly, though not quite, as good when your home people laugh at you and tease you. Learn from their laughing and bear their teasing with good humor.”
I love that earlier she says that when we put many good things into our minds to think about and to act on, we stop being such a nuisance to our friends and ourselves (!) with “that peevish, exacting, grudging Self, a tyrant in any home”.
Usually I assume this sort of self-absorbed “all about me” attitude is a girl thing. I mean, girls are notorious for exhibiting the above behavior. But when I read my Bible, I remember that this is a human condition! We all suffer from it!
The only thing to do is to take it to Jesus, confess it and repent.
Then we have to be vigilant about filling our minds and our time with other valuable thoughts and actions. That list in Philippians gives us something to work with… “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy, think about those things!”
That should keep us busy for awhile.