Monday, June 19, 2006

After all, it IS all about me, RIGHT?

I just finished reading a blog in which a preacher was complaining about flying and basically said some rather unkind things about overweight people on airplanes. Being a both vertically and horizontally challenged person (i.e. short and fat!) I guess I could take offense about what he had to say but really it just got me thinking about some other things.

It is all about me, right?

Most of the things that we get upset about are things that we feel we have been inconvienced by. I get upset because the guy in the car in front of me does not merge like he is supposed to but stops in the middle of the road. The unjustness of that guy making me slow down or "gasp" even wait for him.

What about the person in the "fast" check out line with 11 items when they should only have 10! The person counting out pennies to pay their bill, when I am ready to go with my money in hand? How dare they inconvience me!

How dare that overweight person brush my shoulder as they pass by me in the airplane on the way to squeeze their 250 lb body into a restroom made for a 100 lb body! (never mind, that my shoulders extend into the aisle--it is all about me!)

Where in the world did we come up with this idea that we are the most important person in the world? That our time is more valuable than anyone elses, that our needs are more pressing!

It did not come from Jesus Christ! He stressed over and over to us through his teachings that we were to be servants.

Even the disciples had trouble with this concept. Remember James and John wanting to sit on either side of Christ in his Kingdom. The other disciples got upset over their request and this is what Jesus told them:

Mark 10:
43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

I am as guilty as anyone regarding these things. I see this characteristic in my child and I want to change it in both of us. So I pray, "Lord please help me to put others first and to teach my child to put others first!"

Mostly, I pray, "Lord help me remember...It is not about me......IT'S ABOUT YOU!"


jettybetty said...

I suppose I will struggle with this for all my life--as much as I want my life to be ALL about Jesus--my selfishness still is right here.

(My email is betty dot martin at charter dot net--if you have time please drop me a line! ;-)!

elizabeth said...

I love this post. Anytime I start feeling sorry for myself or feel like I have been slighted, I have to remind myself that it isn't about me. Good reminder.

Tanya said...

Great post! I often tell my children "it's not all about you!" It's never too early to start teaching them that, right!? Ha!

renovating this heart said...

LOVED this post. I randomly came across your blog today, and am so glad I did. I needed that reminder because it is so easy to get stuck on ourselves and not have grace for other people... but then when we're the ones driving too slow looking for a particular street or accidentally and innocently cutting someone off in traffic, we get so hurt when they get mad at us. Yet how often do we forget to extend grace ourselves? What goes around comes around... and God blesses the humble in heart.