Galatians 6:8 (NLT)
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
A common question among social psychologists is whether people are naturally inclined to be more altruistic or to be more selfish. While some evidence points to humans being innately generous and willing to help, other studies state that we have the natural tendency to be greedy and self-focused. Some of this is influenced by our environment while some of it is impacted by genetics. Read more…
Mark 10:43-44 (NLT)
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.
The battle against selfishness is one of the greatest battles we will ever fight. When we really get down to it, we tend to major in “me,” “I,” and “mine.” We forget about others and seek to serve ourselves. We want for someone else to give to us, to serve us, to help us, and so on. We want to get the massages — everyone does. But we have a wrong perspective of servanthood. We see servants as weak and less than. Read more…
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selfishness is a rampant epidemic. More often than not, people are focused on themselves, what they can get, how they can win, where they can go, and so on. But when we get down to the very essence of what life really means, we will find that it has nothing at all to do with us. A life lived just for one’s self and one’s own aspirations is a rather earthy and uninspiring life. Read more…
“The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.”
— Catherine Ponder
There is really no limit to how complicated life can get some times. One thing seems to lead to another thing until something else pops up. There we are again — busy, frustrated, and worried. In reality though, life itself isn’t complicated. People are complicated. We are complicated. We find ourselves less in control the more we try to be in control because we were never meant to handle so many complications. In our minds, we think we can do all these things, but in our hearts we know we can’t. The more complicated we are in our minds, the more complicated life gets for us. While we seek to lessen our physical load, we must also aim to lessen our mental load. An uncomplicated mind makes for a very peaceful life.
Christmas is a time of celebration, family get-togethers, shopping, parties, food, and gift-giving. We make lists and check them twice of what we want to give to our family and friends. We think of gifts that would make the special ones in our lives smile and give them the experience of a Christmas that they will remember. Carefully wrapped in beautiful gift-paper, we lay all the presents we have gathered under the Christmas tree, waiting for that beautiful Christmas morning when our loved ones will be excited to have received what was on their wishlists.
Let’s imagine for a moment that Jesus has a Christmas wishlist too. He also has a Christmas tree under which He has already placed His special gifts for us. What do you think is on His wishlist? What do you think He would like to see under His tree?