You mean it’s really not about me?
I admit it, I can be selfish, I am also a bit of perfectionist. (Understatement!) The two tend to go hand-in-hand.
I can get a bit wonky when things don’t go my way or work out the way I expect.
I want everything to be just so. When I am working on a project, assignment or simply dinner, I have been known to shed a tear or two or more when something is not falling into place, as I feel it should.
I want to be the perfect weight, I want to have perfect skin, I want to have perfect hair, and perfect teeth, I want to live in the perfect home and I want the perfect job.
At times, in some situations I have actually thought “I’m just too good for this”.
I want, I am, I have, I can, I can’t – I I I I I I I I I I I I I I …
It would seem I have an I problem. Recently God lead me to Philippians 2:5-7. A fix to my I trouble.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus ,who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
My attitude – It’s-all-about-me, what I want, what I need, I know better, I am better; I must be the best.
i needed a change of attitude.
Jesus’ attitude – It’s-All-About-God – He, even though He is God “did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped” He “emptied Himself taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men”. (A bond servant was basically a foot washer.)
Through out Scripture we are told to use Christ as our example, to live our lives as He lived when He walked among us.
His Perfect Life, His Attitude.
In fact His life, His death was – all-about-us. What could be more humbling than that?
Do you think Jesus ever felt sorry for Himself? No, i don’t think so.
He had no melt-downs or pity parties. When struggles came Jesus went straight to God in prayer and in submission. He loved others no matter the shape, size, status or looks. He served as a bond servant would serve.
Hours before He was to be betrayed and lead away to be beaten, tried and crucified, He washed the feet of His disciples, even the one who was about to betray Him.
my idea of perfect is not Gods idea of perfect. my attitude should be that of Christ Jesus. .
In a new song by Brandon Heath – The Light in Me – there is a line i love:
“cause in YOUR perfection – i’m just a reflection”.
Perfection is not in me, but in Him. i want to reflect Jesus in my life.
Through prayer and meditation, in the Word, and in quiet time and in total submission of His will He is changing my attitude to one of:
and most of all
i would love to wash your feet!
By: Caryn Poling, A Disposable Woman
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