My answer to the selfishness that attempt to sneak into us all is service. I force myself and now my kids (my peroggative) into a position of being humble enough to serve someone else. This forces focus onto someone else and you reap the internal rewards of joy God gives you for it. We just started delivering food and commodities to the needy elderly through a wonderful local organization. We drove to very beat down areas of town and some smelly situations and destitute people and gave them needed things and warm hugs and smiles. Immediate gratification: we felt good for having helped and loved and were honored by being Jesus for them in that moment. Also, my kids felt genuinely amazing for having helped and us doing it together. They also were able to appreciate our seeming riches in contrast to the humble we saw. We were humbled at ever grumbling or wishing for more than we had for it was obvious that in the scheme of things, we are so so very blessed already. I challenge you to serve the community somehow as a family if you can and aren’t already. When you help anyone, you help God. There is nothing like it and no beauty so clearly true than doing so. ❤
God answers prayers. He does. Every single time you pray to Him with a humble heart, He hears you. You have the ear of the King of kings and Lord of lords, the loving Creator of everything we know of, the most powerful love Source in existence. Pray. Pray often, pray about everything. We are valuable to Him and He makes us a priority, do not think He is too busy. He is so powerful He maintains everything without effort and has plenty of attention and time for us. He longs for it. He wants us to humbly/respectfully pray. Pray. Encourage others to pray. ❤❤❤
“In his book, The Hidden Brain, science writer Shankar Vedantam describes the day he went for a leisurely swim. The water was calm and clear, and he felt strong and proud for covering a long distance so easily. He decided to swim out of the bay and into open water. But when he tried to return, he couldn’t make any progress. He had been deceived by the current. The ease of swimming g had not been due to his strength but to the movement of the water.
In our relationship with God something similar can happen. ‘Going with the flow’ can lead us to believe we’re stronger than we are. When life is easy, our minds tell us that it’s due to our own strength. We become proud and self-confident. But when trouble hits, we realize how little strength we have and how helpless we are.
This happened with the Israelites. God would bless them with military sucess, peace, and prosperity. But thinking they had a hieved it on their own, they would then become proud and self-sufficient (Deuteronomy 8:11-12). Assuming that they no longer needed God, they would go their own way until an enemy attacked and they would realize how powerless they were without God’s help.
When life is going well we too need to beware of self-deception. Pride will take us where we do not want to go. Only humility will keep us where we ought to be- grateful to God and dependent on His strength.~Julie Ackerman Link
Lord, we don’t dare trust in our own strength to do our tasks today. You are the Giver of our talents and opportunities. Help us use them not for our own advancement but to help others.
When your spouse starts acting strangely and secretively or mean, when your friend ignores you for a long time, when employers belittle you, whatever it is, there is a heavenly protocol. Humbly pray and put such things into God’s loving, capable hands. Visualizing it helps. Put these things you cannot change into the hands of tour loving Heavenly Father who loves you dearly and is always with you. God comforts and brings peace and heaps love onto you. Nothing is hopeless. God is hope!!❤❤❤
There is much celebrated emphasis on bettering yourself, self-love, self-awareness, all very self-centered. And while we are all very important, from the homeless beggar to the king on velvet, we are not the only person our lives should be about. I have felt lately that my greatest strength (and I am notably strong in many areas) is the decision to humbly obey and worship God. Humble obedience says the opposite of self-centeredness. It says I am not nearly as important as my Creator God and He deserves my respect and worship and the honor of humbly obeying His ideals for my life. He knows what is best for me and everyone and I trust Him completely. That humble obedience is stronger and more deeply fulfilling than a million people focusing on what greatness I may possess. The Creator is greater by a million times than the created. And that is true even though we are lovingly and purposely made and thus very important. Focus is the key. Knowing our God is phenomenally motivated. How beautiful He is is poured into His beautiful creation, seen all around us in soft landscapes, glorious sunsets and the beautiful souls of people of all ages, races, backgrounds, textures, passions, pursuits. The diversity of beauty He created should put God on the highest throne of the world, a place of high esteem and honor and of course love and respect. I serve an amazing, magnificent God. I am proud to be humble and obey and worship Him. That is worth the emphasis of my life. ❤❤❤