” I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of savage beast so that they may live in the wilderness and sleep in the forest in safety. I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessings. I will send down showers in season, there will be showers of blessings.” Ezekiel 34:24-26
This past Christmas my sister-n-law gave my son a selfie stick. You have probably seen them. It is a retractable stick that you can place your phone on and take a “selfie”. In other words, you take a picture of yourself and/or the group you may be with at the time. Needless to say, the family spent the rest of the afternoon testing the “selfie” stick out.
For me personally, I am not much into “selfie” sticks. I have done a few “selfies since getting my smart phone a few years back, however, I soon deleted them. There is something about drawing attention to myself in that regard is not my cup of tea.
Along with the “selfie” sticks, it seems social media has developed a “self-centered” mentality. It is so easy to get caught up in showing and telling everything we do through the social media mediums. Our technology has become such that we are not only inundated with commercials on television these days but we are inundated with pages/advertisements through social media. Everyone is telling us how we need certain items or do certain things.
Through social media, it is also easy to get caught up on what everyone else is doing and thinking we need to do the same vacation, purchase a car like the one our friend purchased, and the list could go on. Thus, creating an image of what we should have and should be doing instead of being content with what we do have and what we are doing.
These attitudes of “selfie” carry on into our everyday lives even when we are not connected into the social media mediums. It seems our society is getting caught up more and more with what is done for us versus what we are doing for others. ( Of recent, I have found myself guilty of this.) With this mindset, we are taking our focus off the blessings that we have been given every day.
It seems everyone these days carries a score pad. We get to thinking about all the things we have had to do for someone and wondering what was in it for us. Sad but true. We are so worried about what is not being done for us that we lose focus that we are here to serve one another with a cheerful heart. We are reluctant to give because it may mean giving up resources that we want to be completely ours or we think there will be no return for the deed we have done.
“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Just like many other standards and morals of living, we are seeing a society gradually losing the ‘the attitude of gratitude.” It is when we lose this attitude that we become even more a “selfie.” Also, in the loss of gratitude we lose focus on what is and what has been done for us. Instead, we want more and feel we deserve more.
Have you had a moment where you thought someone owed you something because they are sacrificing to do something for you at that moment? Have you felt like you have been cheated by God because someone else seems to have something you wished you had? Do you have a tendency of keeping score of what you have done for someone?
If your answer was yes to these questions, you may want to stop and ask yourself;
Am I losing my attitude of gratitude?
In recent days, I have had to stop and ask myself this question a time or two. It was in searching my heart with this question, I realized that I had gotten caught up in how much I have done for others and so into my “selfie” that I forgot to realize that there were blessings to be had and to give thanks to God.
From time to time, I try to keep a Blessings Journal. In this journal I write out at least five blessings that happened during the day. As I write out these blessings, I see where God has been working in my life and all around me. It also helps me to be aware of God’s presence in everyday situations. There have been times when I start out to write my five blessings that as I get going these blessings turn into ten blessings and fifteen blessings and the list continues. Through this journaling process, my eyes are refocused on the things that do matter in life such as nurturing relationships that I am in and that God tells us to give sacrificial. After all, he sent his SON who gave you and me the ultimate sacrifice of His blood so that we can live in eternity.
Isn’t it time we stopped complaining and start giving thanks? Next time you are belly aching about what you have to do and what you had to do sacrificial think on these things:
If it is doing something for someone, think of the many ways that person has blessed you. It may
not be in the ways you expected but in other ways of the least expected. Give God thanks
for placing that person in your life. And, be grateful the what they have done for you.
When you feel like God has cheated you somehow, think of all those situations. Looking back you may see why God didn’t provide what you expected him to provide. Instead, he did give you what you need. Give him thanksgiving for those moments. Remember, God has our best interest at heart. After all, he did create us and knows more about us than we know about ourselves.
Next time someone ask you to do something and instead of thinking: ‘What’s in it for me?’ or thinking if you do something for them they will owe you. Seek the blessing in the situation and be thankful that God has put you there for a reason.
When we begin living the life of attitude of gratitude, we begin to have peace with ourselves, we become content with who we are and what we have been given. It is within that peace and the blessings where we begin to be happy and less worried about our “selfie.” We turn our focus off ourselves and back on to God. As we do this, God is able to shower us with blessings beyond our comprehension.
Are you more concerned about your “selfie”? OR Are you walking in an attitude of gratitude?
I encourage you to listen to the video. Reflect on the blessings that God has given you.