“Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.”
1 Corinthians 10:24 NLT
This world is so full of selfishness, every person going about their lives concerned only for the things they want. Marriage is being destroyed because two separate people refuse to bend and let go of something they want, what they think they deserve, even for someone they ‘love’. Love your neighbor as yourself has been forgotten almost entirely even as the world gets caught up in ideals and causes- social justice warriors abound and yet we neglect to care for the people beside us right now. We refuse to sacrifice even a little of our own comfort to actually walk out a little of what we claim to believe. This seems to be a universal human failure that covers Christians and non-Christians alike. In this incredible country there are few people who do not genuinely have something to spare for another. Truth be told most all of us have more than we need, but we close our eyes to the desperate needs of others because the newest iPhone was just released and we have to have it, or that bag is just too good of a deal to pass up. Selfishness is a POISON to our soul, to our relationships, to business & society, and most importantly to the spreading of God’s word. We cannot lose our perspective, people matter more than things. They are not something to be used, they are not there to be stepped upon or kicked to make us feel a little better. Happiness cannot be attained by chasing self-serving interests. These pursuits will only leave a bitter taste in your mouth and an emptiness in your soul. Build others up, encourage them, support them, find pride and joy in their accomplishments, genuinely care. The best way for us to heal rifts, to fight racism, to care for our planet, to decrease crime rates, or fix any of the other causes that people rally behind, is to bring love for one another back into the world. Not romantic love, not blind acceptance of all behaviors, but real love. The kind of love that is doing rather than feeling. The love that is patient, kind, persistent, hopeful & enduring. It is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Real love is not self seeking or easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs done to it. That is the kind of love we need. We can and must CURE this pandemic of selfishness that spreads quicker and more thoroughly than any disease and is just as corrupting. Imagine if Jesus had thought selfishly about going to the cross! He would have liked to have another way, he pleaded with God to take the task from him if it was possible because he knew the sacrifice that lay before him. But he cared more for our eternity than he did about the temporary suffering he would endure. He is the example we are called to follow and that may mean sacrificing some of our own comfort, or money, or time, or love. So be it.
~May the Lord make his face shine upon you and give you peace today!