Posted by: rodalex87 | February 28, 2011

Im A Do Me

The All About Me Principle

If you are anything like me, you have lived much of your life based on the All about Me Principle.  To live a life founded on this principle is usually characterized by such traits as living to please yourself or seeking friendships to satisfy an area that you currently lack satisfaction in, whether it is emotional stability, self-esteem, sexual pleasures, or other “needs”.  In sum, you live for yourself.  Looking back on past friendships, I can see that I was upholding the All about Me Principle.   There have been times when I’ve been wounded with feelings of loneliness and I’ve used others as a band-aid for emotional stability during my time of need.  I do believe friendships are important to prevent feelings of loneliness as God has made us to be relational with others.  However, my problem was that I was more concerned about my own need for satisfaction than serving my friends and trying to meet their needs.

I can openly share my shortcomings in making life about me because I know I am not alone.  How else are we to explain why most Americans, Christians included, can think and discuss to the point of stressing out over making a decision on which of the VARIOUS restaurants they will eat at while not even stopping to think about the 3 billion people in the world who wish they had even ONE place to eat?  How else are we to explain the urgency to have nice clothes to wear while only being willing to give our clothes away after they have holes or un-washable stains in them?  Sometimes we won’t even do that unless we are guaranteed a tax-deductible!  And for the Christian, how else are we to explain a person who goes to church “to get a Word” and then has the audacity to get disappointment when the pastor doesn’t preach a sermon that is applicable to them; all while that person never shares the good news of Jesus Christ that is applicable to everyone? 

When we live according to the All About Me Principle, our quest is for our own comfort, satisfaction, fulfillment and love.  However, Jesus tells us that if we refuse to do things His way we will not only fail in our quest but we will lose our very selves in the process. 

“If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself.” Matthew 10:38-39, The Message  

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