Can I have my cake and eat yours too? Can I do as I please, and always get my way? Can I be who I want to be, and then be who others want me to be too? Can I be in control, have self-will, make all my own decisions, and manipulate life until I get things exactly the way I want them? Does this sound like someone you know? Unfortunately, the truth of this selfish type of living surrounds us every day. People want to be in control. People want things to fit in the box they designed in their mind. People want things to go their way, and they will stop at no end until they conveniently get it done. “Self”, “selfish”, “me, me, me”, “I, I, I”. These are the most often recognized phrases in the world today. It is all about what can be done to satisfy “self”. Why have things gotten to this point? Why are the world’s eyes only reflecting back to “self” instead of pursuing “others”? It saddens my heart to see this reality on a daily basis. The world has pushed God away, and decided they will call on Him, only when faced with a crisis. The emphasis on self has taken over the world. Just look at social media. It’s primary use is to advertise yourself. People only put what they want to be seen in the public eye. Whatever can benefit their ‘character’, is exactly what you will see on social media. I can only imagine how heartbroken God is. His greatest desire is to love us unconditionally, and give us a life filled with peace, hope, and fulfillment. The world has lost sight of that. The world is broken. We are the one’s who can enlighten others to the love God always has for us. We are the example. It takes each one of us, to make a difference. One day at a time, one act of kindness and love at a time. Jesus has given us instruction to be His disciples. We are the one’s who are the voice that will tell people of the gospel. We are the one’s who can make a change in the selfishness that surrounds us. Share your story. Be the example.
Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” JOHN 15:16-17
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 2:3-5
God is with us.
© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light
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