A sentence has been ruminating in my brain for the last few weeks. So much so, I made it the title of this episode. What do you think? Is life really all about us? Are we the center of attention in our lives-and are we supposed to be? Is it all about our goals, our dreams, our own successes? Or is it about something else? What do you think? Today we’re looking at the possibility that life isn’t maybe what we make it about. Maybe this life isn’t really all about me and you?
Right out of the gate, I need to confess. So often I make this life all about me.
I don’t think I’m the only one who struggles with this, however.
I see it in my both my grandsons, too, now 2-1/2 and 1 year old. Life, in their little minds, revolves around them, and they make that known. One might have a toy in his hands and the other wants it, so he takes it. You know how this goes, don’t you? The one with empty hands screams and cries. Or like when the older one wants cookies for breakfast instead of eggs and pancakes and raises his voice in frustration that Grandma won’t give him what he wants.
Do you struggle with this too? Maybe not wanting cookies for breakfast (or maybe you do), but do you struggle with making life about you, too?
Max Lucado, in his book, It’s Not About Me, says this, “We’ve been demanding our way and stamping our feet since infancy. Aren’t we all born with a default drive set on selfishness?” He continues, “Self-promotion. Self-preservation. Self-centeredness. It’s all about me!”
Yep, I can relate with Max’s words here. Life, some days, can be all about me. But it’s not supposed to be.
Nope. This life is not all about me.
It’s all about God, instead. And rightly so. God doesn’t look to me when He considers the center of the universe. He doesn’t trust me to hold this world together and everything in it. Nor does He consult with me how to handle the travesties and unfortunate events of life. (I’m so glad He doesn’t!)
I share two verses in this episode that point us to truth, and three ways we can keep God in His rightful place in our lives.
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I pray this reminded us of truth today. God is so good to us, isn’t He? May God meet us where we are, encourage us, and lead us to lives that reflect everything of Him.
God bless you.
Links in this episode:
Ephesians 1:20-22 MSG
Max Lucado quote, It’s Not About Me, Integrity Publishers, 2004, pages 6 and 7
Isaiah 46:9-11 NLT
Romans 12:2 NLT
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