Right from our birth, we are taught that God made us special. That He made us unique. That God love us. That we were made in the image of God. That God will bless us. All of these statements are absolutely true. But I bet you, as you read the above statements, it made you feel good. It makes me feel good. Who doesn’t like knowing God is on our side?
Re- read the statements again. This time, emphasis on the ‘God’ part.
GOD made us special. HE made us unique. GOD loves us. We were MADE in the image of GOD. GOD will bless us.
It feels totally different to me to suddenly focus on God and not on the ‘me’ part. God begins to look big and ‘me’ does not seem to matter anymore.
The last few years, things haven’t exactly happened the way I wished in my life. I wondered why. I asked God ‘why?’ so many times. While the answer did not come one night as I slept or while a thunder rolled, it did come. Over the years. Slowly, I am perhaps understanding the ‘WHY?’
Maybe this life really isn’t about me and my needs.
If this life was all about me, then God, being the loving God He is, would run this world around me. My loved ones should not die. I should have the best paying job. No sickness would harm me. That includes the cold and the cough. I doubt, all these would make me ‘unselfish’ and more like Him.
So…..If this life isn’t about me, perhaps, it is about the Glory of God. If so, the fights over who should wash the dishes at home, does it matter anymore? Does it matter how many vacations we take or how many places we see? Does it matter how expensive our gifts are?
If life was about me, it would matter what happens to me or what injustice I went through. But it isn’t.
If this life is about the Glory of God, then all that matters is… someone washes the dishes. That I am rested enough to have strength to carry on my life for the Glory of God.
If you agree with me on the concept of, ‘this life is all about the Glory of God’. Let me ask a few questions that may perhaps help you see clearer.
In that last 24 hours, what did you do for the Glory of God.?
How much thought was spent thinking about God vs thinking about yourself?
How much of your time yesterday was invested towards eternity?
Did God really get the Glory for your last victory?
I cannot answer these questions without feeling a bucket load of guilt.
Take time to think. Is this life, really about you or me?
Could it be all about the ‘Glory of God’? (Isaiah 43)