Don’t we all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves? That’s what dreams are about. Why we love superheroes.
Life should be about more than routines and the quest for wealth. It should be about giving of ourselves for the greater good. Helping the helpless, relieve the suffering, inventing something to make life better or more interesting. Loving selflessly and completely.
At the end of my life, I want to look back and see where I made a difference somewhere. Other than spending most of my waking hours making someone else rich.
Now in my mid-60’s, and having recently lost my mother, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection on my life. I have many regrets. Not so much of bad things I did, although I do regret ways that I hurt someone or wasn’t there for them in need. I was so focused on making sure I kept my job to avoid becoming desperate and homeless, that I didn’t take the time to be well connected to family and friends. I taught them all that I’ll be there for them at times, but my work was more important than they are.
That’s wrong. That’s unhealthy. That’s not the way God wants me to live. Jesus told us that we please God when we love others as much as we love ourselves. That love of self isn’t about thinking I’m most important in my world, but instead, the self-love that takes care of my health, mental well-being, spiritual life, and even grooming, dreaming, using my talents effectively. I make sure I have a home, food in the pantry, clean clothes to wear. I shower regularly, get my hair cut in a nice style, visit doctors to make sure there is nothing wrong with my body. Etc., etc., etc.
So, loving others means giving them that kind of priority: looking out for their wellbeing, asking important questions, getting to know them deeply, and sharing who I am, encouraging them, challenging them when they are going in an unhealthy or dangerous direction. Just being there to share life, even if it is just doing nothing together.
I got off track there. But maybe not. Maybe being a part of something bigger than ourselves is being present for the people around us—family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, strangers, waitstaff in our favorite restaurant, the person stocking the shelves in the grocery store, the person in line next to us.
How can you be part of something bigger than yourself? How do you love others well? How are you serving your Creator and Savior through your time?
Would you like to dig deeper? I’m here for you. Just phone, text or email me and we’ll talk. If you’d like to spend some quality time with a coach who won’t allow you to let yourself down, we’ll talk about what that means.
May your day, heart, and life be blessed!