I have been seeing that, at times, it is all too easy to focus on self.
Your sphere, your world, your people and your life.
I mean, it’s life and we have jobs, babies, friends, family and routine.
It’s what you do and what you focus on.
Alarmingly, I have noticed that most people are not focused on others, they are focused on themselves and what they are doing. GASP.
Oh wait….I fall victim to this too.
I call MY friends and have events at MY house. I write on my blog about MY life. I do MY devotions so that I can have a better relationship with God. I pray for MY needs, requests and trials. I cry about MY problems and talk about MY struggles. I ask questions so that I can better understand MY stage in life.
I mean, all that isn’t wrong, is it?
Not at all.
We all have lives to lead, people to care for and things to do.
But what about the “others“?
What about the people around you? The people you come in contact with ALL THE TIME that are struggling? What about the people that reach out to you, and yet you are too busy to do the same?
What about them?
I got a note in the mail this week from someone, sharing her excitment that my dad’s biopsies came back clear last week. I read it and almost cried.
Not because it was the longest and sweetest note ever. Not because it was uncommon.
But because this person deals with serious, terminal illness in her family EVERY day and I have never written HER a note to tell her I was praying, even when I was. And yet, she thought outside herself for me.
Sure, I write notes, send emails or call people and tell them I love them. I try hard to show people I care. I do things for others.
But, is it enough?
We have all the power to show love. God’s love. To one another. In so many ways.
And yet, we get wrapped up in ourselves. Our struggles, our past, our life.
And forget about the “others”.
And, I’m pretty sure that most of the “others” have
and we can make all the difference.
stepping outside of ourselves. and thinking of others