We Must Be Able To See Beyond Ourselves

by | Sep 18, 2014

Philippians 2:3-4
Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

If we truly want relationships in life to work out we have to be able to see beyond ourselves. We all have the “instincts” of self preservation to survive but we often use that as an excuse to take it to the level of self centeredness. We just celebrated the life of my Mom last week and if there was ever someone who understood that, it was her! My Mom was always looking out for everyone else and she was always showing God’s love to others in all that she did. It is easy in this day and age to take a look around and decide that maybe you deserve “more.” There’s nothing wrong with having “more” as long as it isn’t at the expense of everyone around you.

In marriage relationships one of the biggest issues couples can face is becoming so self centered instead of Christ centered that all they can focus on is their own “needs” and desires. The main focus needs to be God and then each other and the issues in life you face together, finances, children, work and then everything else will fall into place.

Proverbs 18:1 “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.”

In any relationship, whether at home, work, church or school it is vital that we look out for each other. Jesus was a great example of looking out for the needs of others above His own. He knew when He needed to separate Himself and get alone for a while, but He also was willing to stop what He was doing to heal or help someone along the way. When all we think of is ourselves we destroy the relationships around us!

Let’s take today and take a look around to see what we might be missing in the lives of those around us. Are we focused on our families or just ourselves. Are we willing to set aside something trivial to truly care and show the love of Christ to someone else? Ask God to show you today what you may need to let go of or focus on in order to be a blessing to those around you.

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Hugh Downs