Have you ever had one of those moments in church that you think wow the pastor is talking directly to me? That was today for me. He was talking about “pride” technically but the theme was more about selfishness.
We get so wrapped up in our own lives and forget about others. I’m probably one of the most giving people and I normally think I’m not that selfish but today I realized how selfish I can be. It’s not necessary about how much you give even though that is important. It is about how much of your thoughts are centered around you.
I’ve been going through a woe is me time. My kid is going through all this medical stuff, a few close people have cancer, my mom passed a year and half ago, everyone at work is against me, I rock my job but no one can tell because I’m way overworked and the list goes on.
It is amazing how fast pride enters in even if you don’t know it. I’m doing the work of 2 people but feel I should be able to handle it- why not? I’m reading this book about how to take rest and I lose focus on that. See it talks about how we as people like to compete (again part of the sermon) so to be better or look better, we take on the world and forget to take a break. Remember when I said limits are not limiting. Well this is where that fits in. It is always best to know them and ask for help when needed. You do not have to say yes to everything. Wow what a hard concept!! What do you mean that I don’t have to say yes to everything? If I don’t, how will people know how awesome I am? How will I get ahead?
So do you see where that selfishness sneaks in? Have you thought about what it would be like to help someone else succeed? Wait a second, what did I say? Help someone else to get ahead instead of myself? Well how does everyone know how good I am then?
The answer is staring at you. God says to not let the left hand know what the right is doing. What a gift it is to see someone else happy and successful. And to know that you did that, well maybe that is a little selfish but of your not bragging or letting it be the one big thing you do, it’s okay. Don’t hang on, let go, and find the next gift you can give to someone. Can you imagine the level of happiness you would find with this new focus?
Okay so this isn’t the sermon exactly but this is where it brought me. Time to let go of being perfect- oh the phrase I tell my daughter too often- and it’s time to refocus our energy. Allow for rest and help others. Sure work hard but know your limits, as limits are not limiting. They are actually releasing us to be our best instead of warn out and stressed out.
Well that’s my thought for today- good night!
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