IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!
We all know the saying and perhaps have even said it, “It’s all about me.” We use it sometimes in jest, but often there is a hint of truth to it. Sometimes we wish people would say it because in our minds, that’s exactly what we’re thinking about them. The person who is constantly and consistently self centered, selfish, and concentrating only on what they want and need, when there is not the reason for it – like illness or special needs – begins to wear on others and sometimes others isolate and alienate them. The taker, the “all about me person” sucks life out of life.
God clearly teaches in scripture the need for all of us to give rather than receive. Acts 20:35 “….and remember the words of the Lord Jesus. That He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Many of us have wandered from what He has taught – wanting our own comfort, our own way, and to have life be “all about me.”
Over the past few days I’ve had the privilege to have this time all alone. All to myself. Yes….it will be a total of 4.5 days of “it’s all about me.” I’m not used to that. I’m used to being sure our son with special needs has his medications, rides (from Joe and I and sometimes a friend or my sister) to and from work (yes, 13,000 miles a year!), helping Joey with his showering and other personal needs, and the list goes on. So this time away for me is a rare, wonderful, and MUCH APPRECIATED time away.
I’ve met with several friends over coffee, seltzer water, lunch, breakfast, and poolside who have (with their questions to and about me, the family, etc. and with their encouraging and kind words) breathed LIFE into me. I hope I have done the same for them. I love hearing about what they are doing, how they and their family (immediate and extended) are doing, etc. I feel it’s been a real GIVE and TAKE. It’s so refreshing!
Because of the ministry Joe and I enjoy (helping others in their walk with the Lord, their marriage, their ministry, their challenges) there are times when I long for someone to ask me about me and breathe life into me. THIS has been that for me.
I’m thankful for a husband who was willing to “let me stay” in FL after our 4th weekend in 5 of ministry (speaking to @ 2,500 people and taking one on one time with many of them to hear their stories), for family and friends (my sister Sue, and Mark and Lisa helping provide rides for Joey to and from work!), and to the Lord for these wonderful people in our lives….who breathe life into us!
After this time of total refreshing I look forward to being home to hug my daughter who’ll turn 30 on Friday, because while I’d love to stay here in the warmth longer, I wouldn’t miss wishing my LITTLE GIRL a happy birthday! I also wouldn’t want to miss sharing EASTER with my family…celebrating the One who has shown us the REAL GIVE AND TAKE in life, and that it’s really ALL ABOUT HIM and what He has done for us. I’ve seen His goodness in action in my family and friends, and I’m thankful.
I hope you’ll contemplate the Lord….taking a moment to make it ALL ABOUT YOU getting to know ALL about Him. You’ll enjoy Easter in a wonderful new way and your life will be transformed as you learn ALL about Him and how to serve Him. I’ll be sipping my Cafe’ for a few more moments alone while I pray for those reading this, because this moment right now is ALL ABOUT YOU!