He>Neighbors>Me

God Gold of the Day

I had a thought pop up earlier that’s been popping up a lot lately. “It’s not about me, it’s bigger than me.” This thought has brought forth a lot of self-reflection and the Lord has shown me many different areas of my life where I have lived in the exact opposite way of that thought, “it’s all about me, I’m bigger than everything else.” See that thought sounds crazy and you’ll probably think, “that’s not me, no way.” Take a second and take some self-evaluation. Some questions to ask:

Who do I base the majority of my decisions off of?

Who do I think about more than anyone?

Who do I devote the majority of the time I have in my life to?

When is the last time I literally went out of my way to help someone outside of me?

If you broke down your walls for a second, the answers were probably pretty convicting. Being centered around self can have a blinding affect to it. I didn’t want to admit how selfish I truly was until the more I thought about it, the more I could see how self-centered and self seeking I truly am. Taking evaluation from time to time can be a major asset but for it to be something that helps, you have to truthfully do it. You may not like the answers you see sometimes but that’s the point of this life with Christ. He is constantly breaking down our human ways and building us up to be more like Him. It’s easy to walk blindly through this life not knowing who you really are or who you’re becoming but Jesus says we don’t have to. His Word reveals to us our wrong and the power He has given us and works through us to move us forward in life to serve and be better for others, to be more and more like Christ, the ultimate goal. Ask yourself the hard questions and be honest in your evaluation. you may not enjoy it in the moment but the future you will love you for it. It’s humbling knowing that, “it’s not about me, it’s SO much BIGGER than me.” Dug up this old Gold from back in the day. Another example of why it’s not about me. I’m super thankful to have so many encouraging and faithful people in my life that make me better and push me closer to the Lord. My brother Justin hits on some big time truth here! Enjoy!!!

 

“”Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 22: 37-39

Your goals tonight made me think about this kind of love. Imagine if we loved everyone else like we love ourselves. I spend so much time making sure I have everything I need, making sure I look nice, making sure I eat what I want, making sure I have enough money. God says to love not only love your wife as yourself, your family as yourself, but to love your neighbor who you may not even know as yourself. Not only this but he’s telling us that these are his greatest two commandments. It’s hard for me to fathom the amount of resources I use for me and my family, doing the same things for a complete stranger. That’s a God kind of love that he says to put above everything else except for your love for him. What about the neighbors who cut me off in traffic, or the neighbors who stole from me, or the neighbors who said ugly things about me. Crazy thing is that’s  the kind of love he showed by sending his son for not only me, but everyone that’s ever been thought of on this planet(all his neighbors)”

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