I’ve been enjoying our Christmas tree since the day after Thanksgiving. Does it seem like ‘decorating day’ is an endless day?
1. Moving around the furniture in order for everything to fit just right, making sure there is balance.
2. Hauling everything down from the attic, spreading everything out & then living in chaotic organization until the decorations are precisely placed
3. Then the subtractions, additions + the rearranging which always accompanies the many days to follow. It’s never ending, it seems!
What if we were as deliberate with people and with matters of true importance as we are when we decorate for Christmas?
You know… moving around our schedules to make sure others ‘fit’? Taking the pains to ‘haul’ off or help carry the weight/burdens of others? Shifting our mindset from self and the present situation in order to see the bigger picture? Looking to make decisions based on the greater good rather than on our own selfish desires or concerns or feelings? Making those hard decisions even when it is uncomfortable?
“Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil.”
👆 This needs no commentary. It states it perfectly…
Selfishness = Confusion+Evil
A dear friend of mine, when I was in a period of complaining, once said to me “Dana, you are you own worst enemy.”
I was focusing on myself too much, concentrating on how I felt I had been wronged or was in a desolate season thinking God was not hearing my cries.
I was waiting & waiting for something to happen, for God to fix the situation, but I was not able to get beyond a victim mentality to see what God was doing in the midst of it all — for the greater good — for His Kingdom. How fitting it is to speak of now as we are in the season of Advent and studying what it means to wait on the arrival of our Savior, don’t ya think?
I never forgot those words of my dear friend & sister in Christ. She and her words helped shape me and turn my way of thinking around many times since then to focus upward rather than on self.
We can either focus inward, on ourself & on our own selfish ambitions & desires and ‘woe is me’ mentality, or we move out of the way and let God do His perfect work THROUGH us, through OTHERS around us, & through each situation in which He has placed us.
It’s not about you (or me).
Stop focusing on your own feelings, how you’ve been wronged, or on what is wrong with the world around you.
Help stop the chaos + confusion. Ask God for wisdom + revelation to know His plan for your life in this situation & how you can make a difference or even grow from it.
Stop being your own worst enemy.
(I’m preaching to myself, again, btw.)