Thursday, October 13, 2011

It's Not About Me

It's not about me.  I know that; intellectually I understand this concept.  But the way I think and live my life says just the opposite - it's all about me.

The Christian radio station that I listen to is having their fall pledge drive this week.  I've been listening to reports of people giving $10,000, even $25,000 donations to this station, and I think that I just can not imagine giving that much money.  Not because I don't have that much money, which I don't, but because I can't understand why anyone would want to give that much money.  After all, I can listen to this station anytime I want without giving any money.  I could see giving ten dollars a month or maybe even twenty dollars, but why give more than that?  What would I get from giving that much money?

And there it is again, this self-centered attitude that tries to determine my actions. I can't see a direct benefit to my life by giving, so I don't understand why anyone would give.

Father, break my heart for what breaks yours. 

I want those to be more than just words in a song.  If I'm to be His disciple, I must live as Jesus did.  I must love as He loved, and I must be moved by compassion as He was.  Jesus did not live to bring glory to Himself, but to His Father.  


So, I ask forgiveness for this self-concerned focus that keeps me in bondage, and I say to God - it's all about you, Father.  And it's in this place of surrender that I find peace for my soul.

What if we all lived with an "it's not about me attitude"?  Would the world be a different place?

Many blessings,

Linking with Thought Provoking Thursday at somegirlswebsite.com

16 comments:

  1. ((HUGS)) I think we all get like that at times. I couldn't imaging giving that much either. But that is a personal thing.

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  2. It's hard not to be focused on 'self', but you are so right-it's not about us, but Him and what He can do through us!

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  3. Hi Lisa - I think that giving should hurt a little, otherwise you're giving out of YOUR abundance and not God's. I also think we should give with a cheerful heart for Him and unto Him and for His glory. Like you say, its about Him. Great thought provoking post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. Wonderful thought provoking post, and I like what Tracy said, giving should hurt a little (why can't I learn to think like that?) My pastor once said it's not our money anyways, God loans us 90% and only asks us back for 10%.. it's up to us what we do with the other 90 and if we pay it forward God will trust us more and increase the loan He gives.. thank you for this post, I love to give but I rarely give to the extent of it hurting.

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  5. It is not all about me!! I have to remember that. I say I am not self centered, but sometimes I am. Great encouragement.

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  6. "Father, break my heart for what breaks yours." is a prayer I need to pray every day.

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  7. Love, love this! So beautiful! Thanks Lisa!

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  8. Your transparency in the post appreciated Lisa. We all would do well to examine if our lives really line up with what we say we believe.

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  9. A good challenge for us all, Lisa. I want my heart to break for what breaks HIS heart.

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  10. I find myself having the same thoughts. I want to be a more Christlike person in all that I do. There is a sweet song entitled "If The Savior Stood Beside Me Would I Do The Things I Do"
    Thought provking for sure.
    Thanks for your thoughts today; I will keep working on me.

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  11. I love this prayer:

    Father, break my heart for what breaks yours.

    I'm going write this down and place it on my desk to wonderfully remind me.

    Thank you!

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  12. It really breaks my heart to think about all the times I focus on me, instead of on Him. I can't even imagine what this separation is doing to our Father! My little sister hasn't spoken to my earthly father in...over a year now. Imagine a whole world of people doing that to their father?? Oh my gosh, I want to cry! Beautiful post!

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  13. This was a wonderful, and convicting post Lisa. We all tend to live, at least somewhat, as if it's all about us. Taking those leaps to step out in faith and walk closer to Jesus' footsteps can be painful, but they're necessary for us to grow in Him.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  14. I agree with everyone above. . .can't say much more!
    Thanks for sharing.
    (and I love your new pic in profile :)

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  15. My heart has been so burdened with this thought! I have to be honest and tell that I get so aggravated with people even coming to church week after week "for themselves"! I just recently embarked on the journey that began at the end of ME! Thanks for this post!

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  16. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. To be a disciple of Jesus is not as easy as it seems. But there are things that make it so nice: Jesus prays for us in heaven, His Spirit sigh with unspeakable groanings. I would like (as)Jesus but I feel a battle in my heart. But thank God, I know that He lives, and I will live for Him. If I fall I will rise again in His power.

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