It’s All About Me
“Mine! No, that one is yours. No, this one is mine. You took the yellow one. No, you took the pink one. I’m going to tell on you! I don’t like you! Well, I don’t like you!”
I would like to say this is a conversation in a pre-school room.
But instead it is a conversation in a board room. The scenario used to be entertainment watched on TV to laugh about.
Because people have changed. I’ve been thinking it was me and as I grew older, the generation gap had finally happened. Yes, there is a difference between my values and attitudes with that of my children. But it goes beyond that.
Life has become IT’S ALL ABOUT ME.
I want what I want and I want it NOW. If you do not give it to me NOW, I am willing to fight, argue, or ruin you. And I will do it without feeling guilty. A sense of entitlement fuels the belief that “you owe it to me”.
The Bible describes this scenario in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. It says that in the last days there will come times of much trouble. Some of those listed are:
They will speak against God.
They will do things to make it look as if they are Christians.
Sounds pretty much like……IT’S ALL ABOUT ME, doesn’t it?
So how do I live then?
What do I do to get along in the world?
Do I adopt the adage, if you can’t fight them, join them? Absolutely not!
Here’s what I do:
I do not engage. 1 Timothy 6:11 says, “But you, Dana: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith.” I shouldn’t engage in those beliefs or behavior.
I keep my head. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, “But you, Dana keep your head in all situations, endure hardship.” Life can be hard, period. Although we were never promised an easy life, we were promised that we would never have to walk alone. (Hebrews 13:5).
I keep myself humble. In 1 Peter 5:5 we are told that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. I need a lot of grace! And more so when I am dealing with a proud person. Yet in verse 6 I am assured that if I HUMBLE MYSELF, God will lift me up in due time. He knows the perfect time but I have to wait for it as I keep myself humble.
Every day I have to choose to practice these steps and I honestly admit it’s a struggle. For my natural man or my flesh, is looking out for “me”. It’s all about me.
If I was to put my name in 2Timothy 3:1-5, it would read: Dana loves herself and loves money. She is prideful and tells everyone the things she has done. She tells lies about others and does not stay true to her friends. Dana does what she knows she should not do. She acts without thinking as she thinks too much of herself. She loves having fun more than she loves God. She is wild and does things to make herself look like she is a Christian……..
I have to stop. It makes me nauseous to continue typing because that is NOT me. But it could be if I let it.
I choose once again to humble myself and keep taking these few steps. I will not engage in foolishness, I will keep my head and stay humble.