2008-01-21 - True Sacrifice
It's easy to be selfish. It's an art form I unfortunately master at times. So when I received an invitation for a surprise party, I didn't exactly leap with excitement to circle the date on my calendar. In fact, my subconscious mind was so against going, that I put the invitation in such a safe place not to lose it, that I couldn't find the card. It took me hours to find it, hidden underneath kitchen towels and potholders. Perhaps I didn't look forward to the four-hour drive. Perhaps it was the list of things I had procrastinated doing until that particular weekend. Finally it dawned on me: the day wasn't about me.
I started the drive grumbling, feeling that my friend would never know the sacrifice I made to attend her party, even for a few hours. My focus was still on myself, and not on my friend's happiness. I hadn't learned that selfishness is in fact a sin. (Galatians 5:20) I had seen my actions as self-centered, not sinful. During the drive, I asked God to forgive me, and eventually my grumbling subsided. I didn't get to do what I planned, but instead I showed someone how important they were to me.
Lord, Show me any areas where I tend to be selfish, and help me change my attitude, to see how I may be a blessing to others instead of looking for ways to be blessed. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.