Daily Bible Devotional: Commentary on Job 12

It's not about me

Job 12:10 "In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind"

Today as I was looking at Chapter 1 from Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life”, something profound jumped out at me: The words “it’s not about me”. Taken at face value, those words today fly in the norm of a society where most people are driven by what THEY can do, what goals THEY have, what material things THEY can amass. And I have to admit that I am also guilty as charged. Most days when my day is not grounded in the word of God, that day does usually become “All about me”.

To help myself remember that my life is not “all about me” I posted some sticky notes on my bathroom mirror and on my headboard to remind me to stop thinking about all the what ifs in my life and instead start thinking of all the “what coulds” that God has in store in for me, if I only put Him first. This is sometimes a hard thing to do in our society, where many of us have a “me first” mentality.


Whaaat? It's not about me?

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Are you a giver or a taker?

Going through a rough patch in my marriage (just one of many many in probably a hundred or so “patches” we have had), I also realize that it’s not just about me in our marriage, but also “what about him” (my husband) I would suffice it to say that our greatest downfall in our marriage has been not putting Gods will first, but instead our own agenda.

23 years ago when we said our vows through sickness and health, through riches and poverty, till death do us part, we made a profound commitment to God. At the moment I am not sure our marriage will survive this latest onslaught, but what I am sure of is that if I put God first, He will take care of me, no matter what happens in our marriage.

I am Gods precious child and He has great designs for me. If I put the creator of me first, He will show me my purpose in life. No one knows better than the inventor what the invention is made for, right?

Something to think about: There are "givers" and "takers" in life. What would you consider yourself to be? If you are a taker, what things can you do to start giving back?

Coming soon: My new 365 day devotional

This is just one devotional in a series of 365 devotionals that will one day be a book - both in hard cover and for the Kindle. All the text in this is my own (except of course for the Bible scriptures) I will be using the NIV (New International Version) for most of my reference to scripture. All the photos used will also be my own photography. If you would like to see more of my art and photography you can also visit me at www. dorsidiaz.com where I will also be chronicling this new book, along with my ideas for writing, marketing and creating e-books for aspiring writers. Thank you for reading!

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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Something to consider. Very good.


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

I pray that you and your husband find your way through the latest rough patch. About 7 1/2 years ago, my husband and I had a "rough patch." It was so bad, he didn't even bother to get me a present for Christmas. I decided that was it and told him it was over. A week or so later, I changed my mind and asked him to help work it out. We did. Ten months later, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and lived another year. We had been married 16 years. This November, he will have been gone six years. I still miss him every day and I thank God that we worked it out, that we had that last year together and that he did not have to face dying alone. Of course, he was worth it. He was my rock and he was the one who had faith in my abilities when I had none. Hoping that all your years together have been worth it for you and that you two can come back together with smooth sailing into your golden years.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Will) Thank you my friend.

@Connie) Thank you so much for sharing your story Connie. It really makes me stop and think. That's the beauty of sharing our writing and thoughts with the world - you never know what advice someone might give you that can change the path of your life. I hope my H and I can work things out, we have alot of stressful things going on (as we all do) and the good thing is we have one big thing in common - we both love God and our family. Thanks Connie again. Love you my friend.


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Good luck to your efforts and your "365 day devotionals" project, Dorsi. May you find peace in your life with your H and peace within you to keep you more inspired on your work and share them with us. I cannot give much of my thoughts because I have followed a different path in which I am happy and at my best now, and my growing daughters have found adjustment and confessed that they are getting MORE love and attention from both ends.


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BJC 4 years ago from Florida

Looking forward to the "365 day devotionals" also. Be encouraged - you already have the answer - put God first and He will carry you through. We definitly need to consider our partner's needs (speaking to myself here) but also we cannot change anyone else - Prayer is the answer there too - but we're also not responsible for what others choose to do.

Praying~

@ Connie, unbelievable story - just shows what love and forgiveness can do. You're not forgotten.


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

Thank you, BJC. So very kind of you.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@coffeegginmyrice) Thank you and I'm glad your life had gotten better. I have already been divorced once and maybe that's another reason I am trying harder this time)

@BJC) Thank you for the very encouraging words.

@Connie) Thanks again for sharing your story.


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heavenbound5511 4 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Great page! Voted up! Being selfish will get us no where.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@heavenbound) Thank you and I do believe we actually receive more from giving!


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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

Lovely! I love your honesty. Blessings for you and those who read your hubs!


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

@Lastheart) Thank you so much. I really appreciate you reading and the lovely comment!

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