Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Friday, June 11, 2010

Selfishness

I got my toes stepped on the other day. I needed it. I was caught in a moment of only thinking about myself. I didn't realize that I was doing it but God allowed me to see and I am thankful that he did.

I was just focused on me. I had a friend that was going through a situation of life that I could have been a friend and should have been a friend but because I was just thinking about me I didn't even take time to stop, look, and recognize a friend who was dealing with the stuff of life. I was celebrating my moment and failed to take time to focus on someone else. I was self centered, too busy, in too big a hurry to do my thing that I didn't stop and ask "how are things going?"

Two days after seeing my friend and not stopping to invest in them because I was celebrating me, I learned that they were dealing with major decisions at the time of my celebration that was causing them not to celebrate. You see in the midst of our highs there are always people experiencing life's lows. I cant get so into myself that I fail to see others and invest in them. Jesus wants us to always take time for the other. He wants us to move away from self centered selfishness to Christ centered and thinking of others. I am grateful for the grace of my friend and the grace of God. I am thankful for the Spirit crying out in my soul to make me aware of how far I still have to go.

Look for ways that God might use you today to be a friend to others.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

1 comment:

jan said...

Don't beat yourself up because you missed an opportunity - you can't be everywhere and know everything without a lot of input from your other eyes and ears in the congregation and community. I am sure you are not alone!