Today's Devotional Thought
January 07, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
Where I Always Go Wrong
Do you know where I always go wrong? Where I always go wrong in a relationship? Where I always go wrong in a discussion? Where I always go wrong in a decision? Where I always go wrong in absolutely any situation?
I always go wrong when I focus on me.
What do I need in this situation?
What do I want in this relationship?
What do I want in this decision?
What do I want in my life?
I always go wrong when I make any day, relationship, or situation about me and I stop thinking about what God may be doing or what the other person or a situation may need.
I am currently studying the life of Paul and one area that I am just really struck by right now is his continual neglecting of self to follow God's plan for his life. As I was praying yesterday about how to become more like Paul in this way, God showed me how bitterness, fear, sadness, anger, unforgiveness, stress, and a host of other negative emotions often emerge when I am focusing on myself in a given situation. When I have lost sight of what others might need or what God might be doing in a situation and I focus on me, things never end well.
When I have been treated unfairly and focus on how I should have been treated better than I was rather than focusing on how I can respond in love, I feel bitterness rather than an opportunity to be an example of God's love.
When God asks me to take on a new challenge and I focus on how I don't have the skills to do it or may embarrass myself rather than focusing on the lives that God wants to change through my obedience, I feel fear rather than excitement to be part of God's plans.
When something in my life changes and I focus on the loss that I am going to experience rather than the larger plan and new opportunities that will exist in that change, I feel sadness rather than joy at what God is doing.
So often, negative emotions emerge when I focus on me. How I have been treated. How I am losing something. How I am afraid. And with a simple change of focus, these same situations can yield positive emotions.
Joy at how I can reflect my Heavenly Father by responding in love.
Excitement to be part of God's plan to reach a lost world.
One of my goals for 2013 is to focus less on me. Less on my plans. Less on my fears. Less on how I am treated.
And keep my focus on God and his guidance and plans. To think more about others and what they may need, with less concern for my own needs.
To love others with the selfless love that Jesus displayed through his entire life.
Do you know where things always go wrong? When I focus on me. So, here's to focusing less on ourselves in 2013 and more on others, their needs, and God's plans.