“It’s not all about me” is a hard lesson but one that must be learned.  Children need to be taught it is not all about them;  they do not come into the world knowing this, in fact, it is far from their reality.  If they do not learn the lesson they are undisciplined, spoiled, and difficult, in a word, brats.  When children are not taught it is not all about them they become undisciplined, spoiled, and difficult  adult brats.

I learned “it’s not all about me” early on but in honesty I sometimes forget.  I often want it to be all about me and sometimes I do all I can to make it all about me.  My thoughts become focused on my wants and desires, my behavior  becomes rude and unkind, very brat-like.   Those are times I need a good talking to–I need  reminded of who I am and Who I am not.

If we are wise we will be like John the Baptist.  He knew all along it was not all about him.  He knew he was simply God’s messenger sent ahead of Christ to make Him known.  He knew the One who would come after him would be the greater because He was before him.

After John baptized Jesus in the waters of the Jordan River, Jesus began baptizing with the Holy Spirit.  Some of John’s disciples were bothered that everyone was going to Jesus for baptism.  However, John was not, he knew it was not all about him, but all about the One for whom he had waited and listened and that gave him joy.  He knew that Jesus would become greater and he would become less.  That made John’s joy complete.

Is that not the greatest “it’s not about me”?  To be who God calls you to be  while He becomes greater in your life and you become less and to have your joy made complete in Him.  This is my prayer for me and you.

He must become greater; and I must become less. John 3:30

I wonder  when I sometimes, or more honestly, often, want it  “all about me”  if what I am really saying is that God’s calling for me is not enough?

I wonder if He is becoming greater (in my life) and I am becoming less?

I wonder if more of Jesus is seen in me today then yesterday?

Just wondering…

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12 thoughts on “It’s not all about me…

  1. Its not about me; your right. Its about us and what we can do to make humanity greater. I think of this all the time and you’ve just brought it to light. Thanks Patricia.

    P.S: How was your thanksgiving?

  2. We all forget that “it’s not all about us.” I’ve actually had someone say that to me recently, “This isn’t about you!” Wow…wakeup call, and a needed one at that. Enjoyed this honest post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hello Patricia,
    Wow, this passage has always given me volumes to think about – because I have always thought that the role of the teacher/rabbi is to have the student exceed and John the Baptist was Jesus’ primary teacher…???

    I too have seen some fairly awful behavior in children and usually need to track down the adult in relationship to what is going on….I have always found children, and often the most obstreperous ones, to be my greatest teacher of love and the lessons of what Jesus would be revealing to me … but then I go for all the love I can discover and uncover – I am not wired to be a very Top Down person….
    and my driving force has been Justice – Micah 6 is my call to discipline

    I am currently working on learning to be selfish and not give myself away – maybe that is too self centered – I just always see the big picture and let go of myself until I am depleted????

    Wow now I am going to be wondering about this today….good words and sharing – energizing, Thank you.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Patricia.

      John the Baptist was not Jesus’ teacher he was a beacon that showed the people who Jesus was/is. I believe the passage is saying that John’s light would now diminish as Jesus grew brighter.

      I agree that we have to be careful not give all of self away–if we do become depleted it takes a lot of energy to get back up to speed–which in my mind is a waste of energy. KWIM?

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