At a recent Ladies Bible Study one of our assignments was to pick one person out of the room and quickly notice 3 things about her. The second part of the assignment was to name 3 things that are qualities or characteristics that you think are important for someone to have.
Some of the answers included:
and the list could go on and on...
When we bring it closer to home, what are 3 things you would like to see coming out of your life? What are some things you would like others to say about you?
What if we wrote those things down and made them visible? Maybe put them on our bathroom mirror? Most changes we want to see will take that painful shift of perspective of ourselves to put the focus on others. A recent article about this topic stated..."Shifting your perspective to focus more on others comes at a cost. It’s going to cost you things like time, money, and energy. It means that something is going to get put on the back burner. It’s causing me to think ahead and make decisions that aren’t just about today and right now. " OUCH! Statements like that put in front of us the choice of self or others. They demand a decision on how important those 3 things are, do we want them bad enough to sacrifice?
As you look at the next few months, what changes could you make to focus less on yourself? What are some ways that God is prompting you to focus more on others? Our call as Christ followers is to steward well the time and resources that we have. Maybe it’s time to make a list of things you want others to say about you. Today is a great day to start!