Written by: Danny Graves
Morning and Evening Meditation
Read: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13
Pray: That you will understand and experience God’s love in such a way that it causes you to love others in the same way.
Read: Mark 10:43-45
No doubt many of us have heard this statement that in our early years as children we were selfish. We were born selfish, wanting to have our way, wanting what is ours, and most of the time wanting it when we want it. For example, have you ever watched a small child play with their toys? Have you or another person (maybe another child) tried to play with that child’s toys? What typically happens? The child sees you playing with their toy, runs up to you, snatches the toy out of your hand, and yells, “Mine!” Typical behavior for young children. The challenge for many of us, however, is that as we get older, that selfishness doesn’t necessarily change.
There have been names or phrases coined to identify generations of people who demonstrate that selfish kind of attitude. The so-called Millennial Generation was dubbed the “Me! Me! Me! Generation”, the Baby Boomer Generation was known as the “Me Generation”, both largely due to their perceived selfishness and excessive interest in themselves. I’ve even heard of something known as Individualistic Christianity the idea being it’s all about me!
I recently came across a devotional that challenges us to look at God’s creation as we really are - children of God. The writer puts it this way. “The Bible says that we are created in the image of God. You! You are made to be like Him. If you really embrace that, then you will realize you were made not to be selfish, or self-absorbed, you were made to serve, to help, and to be there for others.
If you call yourself a Christian, that means you want to live like Jesus. And if you look at the life of Jesus, it was all about other people. Jesus was always helping people, healing people, loving people, serving people, - the list goes on and on.
Remember the WWJD fad? (What Would Jesus Do) If you want to be like Jesus and truly live a Christian life, that means you do the same. Live like you believe you were created in the image of God. Serve others like you are living out the life of Jesus.
How intentional are you? Do you look for ways that you can serve others? Have you considered how you can serve in your community, your local schools, your church?
Pray that you will learn to love people and to help people without expecting anything for yourself.
Challenge yourself every day to look for opportunities – big or small – to serve, help, love, and be there for others. When you do this, you’ll be living the way God created you to live.