Perspective on Self vs Other.


"So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

Mark out a straight path for your feet so that..."

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In our staff meeting this morning, my friend Jacob shared this quote (the full quote) that really struck me.

I was thinking how often I see through my Instagram and Facebook feeds, different kinds of motivational quotes leading to how to live a good life.

These kind of quotes are good to push us to become a better humans, but after hearing the quote this morning, I realized how many inspirational quotes we hold on to are inward focused.

Quotes like:

"Push yourself, 'cause nobody is gonna do it for you."

"Only I can change my life. Nobody can do it for me."

"Believe in yourself. Push your limits. Experience life. Conquer your goals and be happy."

"You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first."

"There is no challenge more challenging, then then the challenge to improve yourself."

"Never neglect an opportunity for self improvement."

Again, these are good quotes.

The focus, whether obvious or not, is all about self. Some even have a feel of negativity towards others.

I do believe it is good to spend time on self improvement.

I get worried when we focus too much on our self improvement that it becomes our only practice.

I do worry for a world which focuses more on self than the other. Especially in a world which leans more toward human secularism.

As beliefs based solely on human philosophies start to reign over Godly instruction on how to treat fellow humans, a shift starts to happen.

The one shift I see, is how so many different groups of people are fighting for their voice to be heard, their lifestyle to be accepted, their beliefs to be your beliefs, etc.

As a decline in Christian churches occurs, and as the younger generations lean away from Jesus, there isn't a broad Christian base in our society anymore where people love everyone as God does. Where people feel loved, even if they are different.

As that broad Christian base declines, the love and acceptance people feel also declines.

Satan's great deception is to portray Christians the opposite of how God calls them to be.

Myth- All Christians think they are without fault, and judge the world.

When you have imperfect humans following a perfect God, there will always be a misrepresentation.

Non- judgemental- (Jesus said: “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged." Matthew 7:1-2)

Love others- (Jesus said “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:43-48)

The full quote from this morning that I heard...

"So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.

Mark out a straight path for your feet so that... those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong."

I love how this quote goes in an "others focused" direction and not a "self focused" direction.

Now I'll tell you that this quote is from the Bible. Hebrews 12:12-13.

A beautiful book that points us towards focusing on other humans.

The humans who are going through mental illness and need a friend, even if you had planned a night at home.

The humans who need to a ride from the airport, even if you miss a few hours of sleep before the long day of work.

The humans who need a few bucks to buy a hot coffee, when you wanted to use it for your morning coffee.

The humans who need a meal, when they go thrrough sickness in their family, when you would rather watch Netflix and chill.

Let us work on self improvement, but never at the cost of loving those in our lives who need some love.

Love like Jesus.

He transcends tolerance.

He did what he taught.

He loves:

Unconditionally.

Sacrificially.

Intentionally.

Thats a Jesus culture.

Love and Peace to you all!

If you would like to talk further, please email me at: pauleppic@gmail.com



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