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by Frana Hamilton  
3/03/2014 / Devotionals

Reprinted by permission of the Incorporated Trustees of the Gospel Workers Society, Union Gospel Press, P.O. Box 6059, Cleveland, Ohio 44101

I must confess that sometimes I find myself thinking that life is "all about me".

We humans are just naturally self-centered. Galilao, the famous mathematician and astronomer of the 17th century (who correctly asserted the earth revolves around the sun), was also something of a philosopher.
"I," he said, "and by extension, all mankind, exist at the center of all things."

How right he was. I see the world from my viewpoint; you see the world from yours.
It takes effort on my part to see things from your perspective.

Of course, if I want to have you for a friend, if I want to get along with you, it becomes necessary for me to at least try to look at the world through your lenses, to see things as you see them.

The natural human instinct is "me first." The babe in the womb is all knees and elbows and does not mind kicking his or her mama in the middle of the night. That should be a clue that the little bundle of joy is going to be self-centered.

It takes a few years for that babe to learn to share and to consider the feelings of others. That move from "me first," to "you and me," seems to be great progress, but the Scripture says it is about more than that.

Isaiah 43:3 speaks of "everyone that is created for {God's] glory."
Revelation 4:11 reiterates that. We see worshippers around the throne of heaven, singing "Thou art worthy oh Lord, to receive glory and honor and power for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy glory they are and were created."

The Bible makes it clear that it is not "all about me," but rather it is all about God and His glory.

Have you noticed that a person who is all wrapped up in himself makes a very small package? We are really not attracted to the person whose constant topic of conversation is "I," "me," "my," or "mine".

God's Word is full of paradoxes. The great paradox here is that when I stop trying to make life be "all about me," when I recognize that it is really all about God, my life becomes more satisfying, more adventurous and joyful.

Life also becomes more interesting when I am released from the tyranny of self-centeredness. I begin to enjoy hearing the other person's story and yes, everyone we meet has a story.

Also when I stop holding on tight to "me," I am free to let God guide and direct my life,
When I recognize God made me for a purpose and it is not about me, but about my Lord, life really begcomes satisfying, and even exciting. That's what comes of putting "God first," instead of "me first."

Frana Hamilton is Director of Training at a vocational school where she teaches, advises and encourages out-of-work adults who need some training and a helpful boost to get them back into the workplace. She considers it a great privilege to have this ministry.

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