Self-centeredness. Whether we realize it or not, we all battle it. We kind of enjoy believing the world revolves around us -- how I feel, what I want, what my opinions are and what I deem important.
Greg Forster captures it well:
But almost all of us pay too much attention to our own emotions. We're happy, we're despondent, we're in love, we're lonely, we're thrilled, we're bored -- we're a bunch of drama queens. We're each the star of our very own prime-time soap opera. True, my show's audience is small, consisting only of God and myself. And the critics hate it -- God is always giving my soap opera negative reviews, urging me to switch the channel and watch something else for a change. But in spite of all that, I just can't help thinking everyone around me would really love my show if only I could get any of them to quit watch their shows (which are boring anyway) and watch mine instead. Besides, who cares what anyone else thinks-- when I can simultaneously write, direct, and star in the My Feelings Show, why watch anything else? (The Joy of Calvinism, p. 146)
But God wants us to tune into another channel. He wants us watching the It's All About God and Others show. One day, Jesus was speaking to a Jewish lawyer and completely summed up the law by saying:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27, ESV)
That's the bottom line. It's not about me. It's about loving and glorifying God and serving other people. Take a minute today and find out what channel you're tuned into. It may be time to get the remote!