What does this photo have to do with selfishness? Not much. I just like this picture from my friend Bekah’s “Back-Pachelorette party” last weekend. (We went backpacking for her bachelorette party and then got a cabin!). It takes some un-selfishness to camp with lot of girls, yeah? Also, there is something about staring out quietly at beautiful mountain scenery that reminds you who God is, how good he is, why He’s placed you here etc.
But that was last weekend. And this is the beginning of this week. And I have been going through some emotional-for-no-reason, being mean and sad, stuff. I repeat, for no good reason. I get like that sometimes, guys. And I’m sure I’m a little bit like that every day- mostly concerned with my own goings on, not trusting the Lord with the little (or big) things of life. Sometimes it’s good when your heart and emotions are being overly ridiculous, so you know what ridiculous tendencies you probably have in the day-to-day (mine=selfishness and needines. *cough*).
There are times though that you do not even realize even when you are being overly ridiculous. And those are the times when I hope you, like me, have a good friend to point it out to you.
“Ruth [insert my last name here]! You had better stop being so selfish!” – My bosom friend Autumn (A.K.A. Spencie), featured front and center in that photo, wearing black and tan. Fashionista!
And she was right. She is right. And I know it. And she listened to me. And she loved me. And we looked up Bible verses. And we pray for each other.
And now I’m not feeling so down or inward focused, because she pointed me to the source of all worth.
If you struggle with feeling down about yourself, depending on others for your worth, thinking the world revolves around you (all of which are signs of selfishness, yeah?). I recommend you read a tiny little book entitled “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfullness” by Timothy Keller.
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” Psalm 1:2-3, Autumn and my memory verses for the week