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As we've studied the catechism with our children, this phrase is what I keep taking from it. We've learned that man's primary purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. We've learned about the Bible as our source of truth and how it teaches us how to live it.

Months of catechism and I'm still gleaning from that first lesson. I was created to glorify Him. He wants me to enjoy Him forever. My enjoyment is very much part of the package, but His desire is for my enjoyment to be fulfilled IN HIM.

As various scenarios pop up in my life, moments of, "But, hey! What about me?" I keep hearing that little whisper: It's not about you. Gently said, but the gist of it is really: Get over yourself.

I notice it in the lives of friends now, how this perspective of our feelings being a priority gets in the way of our relationships, our lives, our ability to glorify God.

I don't think we should be doormats, but I do think we should stop and remind ourselves: It's not about me. It's about God. How can God be glorified in my life right now? It is incredible how quickly this diffuses situations, how peaceful life gets when we ask ourselves this question.

It is incredible how my feelings can instantly change when I have that little talk with myself. Moments ago, I was tempted to feel indignation, and suddenly, I'm alert to God's sovereignty and open to where He wants to lead.

It's not about you.

It's about Him.

1 comment:

  1. So true! Thanks for sharing what you've learned. Purpose is my "one word" for this year and He has been showing me a lot on this very topic. The idea of following Him and serving others to His glory really goes against the grain of popular thought, doesn't it? I have to keep adjusting my own thinking to align with that truth.


"Man lives by affirmation even more than by bread." - Victor Hugo