You know how I know I’m putting too much focus on myself? When I begin to feel restless or dissatisfied. This is when I know I’m not making Jesus priority in my life. This is when I’m overthinking and overanalyzing everything instead of just acting on things and trusting the Lord… And I know I’m not alone on this one.
It really is so easy to become self-absorbed. We are all self absorbed naturally. This does not mean we aren’t great people and that Jesus doesn’t love us. It does mean that it’s a constant process of checking ourselves. It so easily becomes all about our desires, our comfort, our plans, our goals and dreams. All the while, we are doing little to nothing for others. We are endlessly focusing on “getting healthy enough” before we can help others. Meanwhile, people are hurting and broken, in need of what we have to offer and we all have something to offer.
We live in a society where obsessive amounts of self-focus are justified. We have made life about our life purpose and story rather than God’s story.
We have become a generation obsessed with understanding ourselves and believing that once we understand ourselves we will no longer have discontent or restless souls.
We have come to treat God as if He exists for us rather than us existing for Him. All along, forgetting that our only plan and our main purpose in life should be to know Him and to follow Him.
We need to be following after Jesus and doing as He did. We know that He loved and acted on that love by helping the hurting. There are homeless shelters, food banks, foster children without homes, people going through divorce, single moms, and the list goes on and on. All while we sit around working on ourselves. There comes a point when we need to stop focusing on our problems, schedule, dreams, purpose, and just get out there and help someone. We are His hands and feet.
He makes us strong to help the weak.
So lets shorten this “getting healthy and strong” process and reach out to the weak.
It’s in the doing and trusting that we find our purpose. It’s while helping others that we become most satisfied.
“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me.” Romans 15:1-3
Guys, it really is so simple, yet so many of us aren’t living out these simple truths.
Make knowing Him and His ways your main thing.
Get healthy and then get out there and be His hands and feet.
You can’t go wrong by loving Him and loving others. After all, it is His greatest commandment.