The Pull of Me

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

Sometimes I struggle listening to others when I think too much about my own concerns.
Sometimes I find myself replying to someone and relating what they just said to ME.

Sometimes I pray more for myself than for others. I take the good seat, take care of my own needs first, or pass someone else by because I am more concerned with my own agenda.

The pull is strong – to think of me.

It is a part of living on this earth – gravity.

I cannot wait to fly. But in the meantime, I am going to practice, practice, practice.

Practice pushing me away and drawing HIM closer. Practice changing what is in the Center.

Oh, Jesus. How do I avoid self-deprecation in the process of trying to think of myself less? How do I think less of myself when this is the mind, the body, the flesh that I live in? How do I turn it all over to You and think of YOU, YOU, YOU (not me), yet still put one foot in front of the other. Please show me. Show me every day. Every minute. Every second. Oh Jesus, as much as it hurts, cut the ties of me that pull at me.

Set me free from Me.

crown of thorns

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2 thoughts on “The Pull of Me

  1. This is very thought provoking. It is even possible that in service to others we sometimes put their needs ahead of our time with Jesus. Thanks for stopping me. You nailed me in your first paragraph. (See there it is again – relating it to me.) Father, help me focus more on You.

    • Hee Hee Hee….thank you dear Sister. I really mean it: I struggle daily with this. You know…maybe that is a good sign – when we struggle daily. Just as we draw closer to Jesus and start to see sin for what it really is, maybe as we die more and more to self, we begin to see the little parts of self we are still holding on to. Sometimes I think the Lord may have to just be laughing at us too – the way we do when we watch toddlers and all their antics. Bless you dear friend, and thank you for the encouragement!

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