We live in a society that constantly feeds us the idea that life is “all about me”—me, me, me, me, me. We have entertainment, advertisements, music, clothing, and everyday products that declare, “It’s all about me!” encouraging us to live our lives in a manner that makes our own self-interest of utmost importance.
We’re being fed a sham. The selfishness that arises with this type of mentality is destructive to every aspect of life, especially relationships. As a friend, a spouse, a parent, or in the context of any other interpersonal connection the “all about me” approach can quickly destroy the relationship. That’s because genuine love, the love we long for is not self-seeking. This mentality also significantly affects our relationship with God. Are we approaching him out of self-interest and a desire to get what we want, rather than out of authentic adoration?
Even though I know these truths cognitively, as I taught a Bible study yesterday about “thinking rightly” I was very aware of how my life is often tainted by this destructive attitude. It can be subtle, creeping in when I don’t even recognize the self-centeredness.
It was strong within me this evening when in a fit of sorrow I shouted to God in our empty home, “I WANT MY BOY BACK! I don’t want all these other things! I JUST WANT MY BOY!”
It was as if my heavenly Father graciously whispered, “It’s not all about you, Christina. I love you, and I know you long for Judson, but he is my boy and it’s not all about you.”
Frankly, God’s response hurts. Truth be told, I want God’s plans to be “all about me”; I have bought into the pervasive lie of our culture. However, my true purpose and fulfillment can only flourish when I live in the truth that it is “all about Him!”