I was on a plane recently and picked up the in-flight magazine. Skimming through the pages, I happened across a large quote featured on a particular page. It was by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, who said, “You got to be right with yourself before you can be right with anybody else.”
If that statement is really accurate, we’re all in a whole lot of trouble. Not one of us is “right.” We’ve all been tainted by sin.
There is a pervasive idea in our culture that we need to learn to love ourselves. Actually, the people I have met who are the most “right” are the ones who are most focused on others. There is a strange and wonderful fulfillment that occurs when we set our sites outwardly rather than inwardly.
And that makes sense because when we follow God’s ways – considering others as more important than ourselves, for example – instead of what our culture says, then there should automatically be more fulfillment, right?
When I use my lawn mower according to the manufacturer’s directions, it will work better than if I decide to use it in ways in which it was never intended to be used. Similarly, when we follow the manufacturer’s Instruction Manual, although everything may not go the way we want, there will be a sense that we’re on the right path because we’re doing what He told us to do.
The self-centered me-focus is everywhere in our society. As followers of Christ, this shouldn’t be our mindset.