Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Always someone else
No matter how bad we seem to have it, feel like our life is, or how awful we feel our circumstances are, we have to remind ourselves someone else out there always has it as bad or worse. We are not alone.
Just like with the holidays, though many are excited and looking forward to the holidays, many more dread the holiday season because maybe it reminds them of loss? regret? loneliness? You know what it's like when you are sad or depressed or angry and people all around you are happy, makes you wanna punch 'em in the gut lol.
Anyway, I'm not trying to ruin anyone's holiday cheer, I just want you to think about somone else besides yourself. If you are happy consider those who are not and reach out to them or pray for them.. If you aren't happy, keep in mind others are worse off than you and maybe that will make you focus and appreciate the things you do have to be happy about. Either way, the focus needs to be taken off oursleves so much.
Really if you think about it, Christmas is really about the most unselfish person ever, Jesus. He willingly gave up His home in Heaven, perfection, holiness, and turned it in, to be born a human in an old stable, knowing that His future was to be one of torture, death, and hell. Jesus wasn't thinking of Himself when he was born, and definitely not of Himself, when He went to the cross. He wasn't being arrogant and saying I'm the son of God I have a right to boast, nor was He feeling sorry for all the pain He was going to endure for you and me.
Jesus really is the ultimate example of thing about others and how important it is for us to have an unselfish attitude, especially around the holidays. We need to care about ourselves, take care of ourselves, and spend some time working on ourselves, but our attitude should be one of gratitude, appreciation, and adoration to God for all His blessings, even despite whatever circumstances we may be facing. But, also our attitude must still be one of thankfulness especially if we are suffering or going through a hard time, because we will need God to get through it no matter the circumstance.
I just hope we all can think about someone else this Christmas. First, Jesus, and secondly those less fortunate or those we know have a hard time during the holidays or have needs.
Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves