"Mom, I spilled the tea all over the floor!"
"Mom, the dogs ran away again!"
"Mom, the computer is not working, come help!"
"Mom, the boys are wrestling again!"
These, and many more, are phrases that make me sigh and say, "Not again!" I am sitting down relaxing with a good book, working on the computer, cleaning or cooking and these phrases always cause me to stop what I am doing and give me more work. Ugh, why do I have to keep chasing runaway dogs and playing referee to a wrestling match with my boys? Why can't I just do what I want to do?!
I tend to have this I syndrome. I want it my way. Do you ever feel this way?
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13
I was called to be free! So, then, I can be free to indulge in me? No.
We were called to be free from ourselves, free from our selfish nature. We are free to serve in love. I don't want to focus on just me. Well, honestly sometimes I do, but that is not what God wants me to do. I desire to learn to focus on others. I want God to give me eyes to see what is going on around me, to see the lost and hurting. I desire to be used as His hands and feet.
When I choose to be free from being selfish, then I am free from irritation, stress and bitterness. I am free to love and serve others with a grateful heart. I am free to see God's work at hand. I am free to see miracles around me. I am free from myself.
Are you struggling with the I syndrome? Pray and ask God to help you become free from selfishness and be open to others around you.
Today's guest blogger is Jenifer Metzger. Jenifer and her husband, Jeremy, have been married for fourteen years. They have been blessed with four children that she calls her blessings from Heaven. Jenifer is a housewife and homeschooling mom and enjoys serving alongside her husband as the multiplicity pastors of their church. She is the founder and co-leader of Woman to Woman Ministries and blogs daily at Sweet Blessings.
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