No More “Selfie Sundays”

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“We’re all about the selfie”.  I didn’t even know what a “selfie” was.

My church was leading us through a “Once Upon a Kingdom” series.  Our Family Ministries Pastor spoke about “The Parable of the Guests”.  He also taught me what a “selfie” was:  posting random pictures of youself on social media, typically in the car, or in the bathroom.  And he challenged us to take pictures during his sermon and post them on Twitter.

I immediately thought of our teenagers and how they are growing up in such a “selfie” world.  But me, not so much.  Of course, Pastor Steve reminded us, it’s not just Selfie Sunday because we’re “all about the selfie” every day:

  • We’re all about what we deserve
  • We’re all about what others owe us
  • We’re all about handling everything on our own

Yikes, I realized, yes indeed I do the “selfie”.  Maybe I don’t post “selfie” pictures on social media, but I am selfish.  I compare myself to others.  I try to impress others.  I certainly think I can handle my troubles all by myself.

Pastor Steve directed us to God’s Word:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,
but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests,
but also to the interests of others.

Have this mind among yourselves,
which is yours in Christ Jesus
Philippians 2:3-5 ESV

How do we count others more significant than ourselves?  Pastor Steve taught us “We need to go to Jesus first in order to put others first”.   Go to Jesus first.  Learn what He says, and then actually live it.  Live God’s Word.

Selfie Sunday (from Bent Tree Bible Fellowship 6/16/13)

His sermon also reminded me of what I learned in Karen Ehman’s book, Let. It. Go.  In Chapter 3, Seduction of Self, Karen teaches us “selfishness switch-er-oo’s” to apply to selfish line of thinking.  For example, when we’re tempted to think “I gotta look out for number one“, instead be reminded of God’s Word in Philippians 2 above.  Go to Jesus first.

Pastor Steve also pointed us to God’s Word in Luke 14, where at the Pharisee’s house for the feast, Jesus teaches us about seeking honor:

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted
Luke 14:11 (NIV)

How do we humble ourselves?  Pastor Steve taught us humility is Jesus.  We should put ouselves in His place on the cross.  By counting others more significant than ourselves, we are linking ourselves with Christ.  He was a true example of humility.  Go to Jesus first.

Let’s pray this week:  “Jesus, please change my attitude so that I put others first.  Teach me to serve like you did, out of love for God and others.  Show me who you want to serve through me this week.  Help me to use my gifts you gave me to serve them.”

Go to Jesus first, in order to put others first.

Join me and other women as we share on Suzie Eller’s weekly #livefree linkup.  Today’s prompt is #selfie.



Filled with Joy

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My weekly morning bible study kicked off its spring semester yesterday.  Ten women, different generations, all with our own struggles:

Some tired, raising their little ones.
Some sad, grieving losses.
Some scared, parenting teens soon to be adults.
Some anxious, worried about friends battling severe illnesses.

All coming together to share their faith.  To encourage each other.  Just like Peter did when he wrote to the suffering Christians:

Though you have not seen him, you love him;
and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him
and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)

We are women who do not need to see to believe.  We may enter our study tired, sad, scared, and anxious.  But together, we focus our hearts and minds on Jesus.  The love and trust expressed for our Lord, and each other, allows us to experience a little bit of heaven in the midst of our struggles.

We leave filled.  Filled with love.  Filled with hope.  Filled with joy.

What does it mean to you to be “filled” with Him?  Join me and other women as we share on Suzie Eller’s weekly #livefree linkup.  Today’s prompt is #filled: