Spiritual Sunday – Selfishness & The Love Dare
This is another one of my posts that I wrote on my old family blog that I thought I would share with you in hopes to encourage you today.
My husband and I have been reading the “Love Dare ” book and I can tell you it is not only already working on my marriage but also what I do in my daily interaction with others. It's made me come to terms with some of my own motives for doing things as well as my own faults. Today I want to just give you some food for thought about selfishness.
What is Selfishness?
1: concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others
2: arising from concern with one's own welfare or advantage in disregard of others
3: being an actively replicating repetitive sequence of nucleic acid that serves no known function ; also : being genetic material solely concerned with its own replication
Sometimes we think of being selfish as just in our actions but we can be selfish in our thoughts as well. Even as I type this I am having a hard time not getting upset with my children interrupting me every 5 mins (even though I got up early to type this so I wouldn't have to get on the computer when I get home) because I am only thinking of myself and not that my children want just 5 mins of my time before going to school.I had to stop and think about the chapter I just read in this book on selfishness and remind myself what my goal was today.Sometimes we can get so consumed in ourselves that we don't think about others.We see how easy it is for our children to have selfish acts and we do our best to train them up the way God would have them be but I often think sometimes we could use a little training ourselves.”Why do we have such low standards for ourselves and but high expectations for everyone else?” “It's a trait we hate in others but justify in ourselves”(quote taken from the Love Dare Book)
When you try to commit a selfless act I want you to think, am I doing this for personal gain? Is there some kind of motive behind it? Are you doing it out of love? Romans 10:12 says:Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.( KJV)
Your Challenge today is to commit a selfless act for someone without personal gain or any kind of motive behind it.Do something that says I was thinking of you today. We don't want you to feel uncomfortable but If you feel lead to, reply here on the blog and let us know what you did. You may just inspire someone esle to take the challenge as well. Remember Love is contagious, your closeness to God can impact and bless those around you even though they may not be close to him. Keep an eye on that photo above as it has inspired me to do a few more topics and you may just see that photo again.