We Should All Be Opera Singers: Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me, Me!
This is a me centered world.
Opera singers or selfless in a selfish world?
Sometimes I think we should all be opera singers. We really should. You know that whole me, me, me, me thing. It is sometimes difficult to grasp the selfishness and the self-centeredness that this world promotes. The world we live in contains the me thing pretty much all of the time consistently and constantly. PUnfortunately, we are self consumed and self absorbed and often our question is what about me? Like I said opera singers. When I think of this, my selfish self included without a doubt, I can only come up with one thought and that is boy I am sure glad Jesus was not like us. Had He been He would never have gone to the cross for a wretch like me. However, He did give His life for all of us so we can have a chance at an eternal Heaven. They call the current generation we are raising rather fittingly "the me generation". It is exactly that. That is quite accurate considering the current state of the world we reside in. Maybe that is why Facebook and selfies do so very well. So what are we left with. First and foremost, it does not have to be this way. There are two choices really. One would be we would get caught up in the whole rat race thing and the ( me and my ) philosophy of survival of the fittest. That is a sad and very human condition. The second option we have would be to try to emulate the greatest role model to ever walk the face of the earth, the one and only, Jesus Christ. Certainly we will all fall short of this but we can try to become the person or the very best version of our sinful selves we can be and who He wants us to be. In doing so we can reach a place where we put the needs of others in front of our own. Instead of selfishness we could strive for selflessness. After all trying to be even a little like Jesus is about as cool as it can ever get. He saved us so don't you think we can at least be kind to one another just as He gave us that one additional commandment, "Love one another as I have loved you." He tells the apostles that "There is no greater gift than to lay your life down for your friends." He also tells us to love our neighbor. Sounds easy enough but do we really do it? I think not. He does it though. He is our very best friend as He does just that and lays down His perfect life for all of us. That is how much He loves you and do not ever lose sight of that. God thinks you are pretty special and so very valuable. He would like it that none should perish. So what remains is will you be selfish or selfless? Consider these verses and always remember His love:
1Peter 3:8 Finally, All of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another, love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
1st Timothy 6:18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
1st Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
God bless always.