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Today’s Truth

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens”

Psalm 148:13

Friend to Friend

Some of my Girlfriends in God are not going to like this devotion. I’m not even sure I do. But I’m going to put it out there anyhow. During the month of February, I write devotions on marriage. It is the month of love, and marriages certainly are in shambles all around the world. Each February, I am flooded with e-mails: some are appreciative for the reminders on how to love their husbands; some are filled with hurt because they are in their own struggling marriage, and some are broken-hearted because of shattered dreams. These women are so thankful for the balm of God’s truth in a very tender area of their lives.

But I also receive e-mails from women who are not married, who do not like the attention to marriage at all. They are flat out angry and frustrated because the devotions do not pertain to them. “Don’t you know that all of your readers are not married?”

“Oh honey child,” as my grandmother would say.

I’ve seen the same attitude in church. “I didn’t like that sermon.” “I didn’t like the singing today.” “I couldn’t relate to that teaching.” And on and on we go.

You know what I’ve discovered…it’s not about me. It is all about God. If the pastor is preaching on a topic that is not my struggle, I pray that God will open my eyes to new truths that I’ve never seen. If he is talking about losing a loved one, I pray for those who have lost a loved one recently…even though that might not be my struggle at that particular time. Is the teaching on raising young children? I have a grown son, so I pray for those who are raising the next generation.

One Sunday, I was singing in church. Barely singing, I might add. It was a dry old hymn and I just wasn’t into it. Then I looked at an older woman a few seats down and she had tears trickling down her wrinkled cheeks. She was moved to tears by that old hymn and was taken to the throne room of grace.

“Oh Father,” I prayed. “Please forgive me. This is not about me. It’s not about what I like or don’t like. It is all about You. Truth is truth. Worship is worship. Help my focus be on You and You alone. It’s not about me.

Here’s a truth I want you to underline, memorize and ponderize (I know that is not a real word, but it should be.) Say it out loud: As long as I think the world is all about me, the angrier and tired-er I will be. The more I realize it is all about God, the happier and freer I will be. (I know tireder is not a word either. I’m just feeling feisty todayJ).

Listen to how David focused on God during worship:

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 62:5-8

So let’s commit to remember together…it’s not about me. It’s all about God.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, please forgive me when I make everything all about me. It’s all about You! I praise You! I thank You! I worship You!

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Here is a fun exercise. Go back and pick out one of your favorite chapters in the Bible. Now, focus on the verses that you DID NOT underline.

Here is a wonderful Psalm to use for your extended prayer time today. Open your Bible to Psalm 136 and pray that prayer of praise with David. Don’t skip over the repeated refrains…His love endures forever! He repeats it for a reason. David meant it. God wants you to get it!

More from the Girlfriends

Did you know that God went to great lengths to set women free! When Jesus came to earth, women were hidden in the shadows of society and treated as property rather than people. But Jesus came to change all that! I invite you to take a look at a video about my book, How Jesus Broke the Rules to Set Your Free and discover some news truths you may not have ever considered before! Women’s Bible study groups all around the country are delving into this study this fall. When it comes to what Jesus did for you on the cross, it IS all about you!

16 Responses to “It’s Not About Me”

  1. Iyantta says:

    This devotional convicted me & found me right where I am! God is so real 🙂

  2. Lydia says:

    I needed this…thanks for the reminder!

  3. Sherri says:

    Thank you for such a right now word! Keep obeying God. I receive that word!

  4. Mandy Foley says:

    Oh Sharon!!!!!!! What a chord you struck!! Thank you! It is so great how God speaks to us sometimes!! This past Sunday I struggled significantly with this exact topic! Never in my sinners thoughts did it ever occur to me that I was being self centered because I wasn’t getting my groove on through the worship music!! Many thanks to God and you for reminding me that it isn’t all about me!!! Thanks to God for his grace and patience with us all!!

  5. Elaine says:

    Wonderful article. I struggle daily with “me” thoughts.

    But it is not about me; it is about GOD.

    Thanks for this reminder! God bless you!

  6. Tamie says:

    I enjoyed the devotional it was a great reminder that it is not about me, but Him. It was his sacrifice not mine his grace and mercy that was extended to me for each new day. It’s about his Spirit living on the inside of me showing me his way doing it his way living the way he has designed for me to live whole and peaceful saved set free falling in love with him every day. Thank you when I think about his goodness and all he has done for me I get excited and I am reminded that it’s not about me.

  7. Phyllis says:

    That was well spoken.Amen

  8. abby says:

    t y for this
    it is a great reminder that it isn’t all about me it is about Him. need to focus on that.

  9. Christina says:

    Very true. So many people are so involved in their likes and dislikes, they don’t focus on the true meaning of a song or what is God trying to teach me. God bless.

  10. Sandie says:

    A good Word ! To be reminded to KEEP My Eyes on Christ &
    Not on me & my interests!! Another Scripture that says
    Trust in the Lord with ALL my heart & lean NOT to my own understanding BUT in ALL. my ways Acknowledge HIM & HE Will Direct my path. Proverbs 3:5

  11. Jamie says:

    Less of Me and more of Him… I struggle with this silently. But with the help of Daddy God I am an overcomer.

  12. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for this. I think we all have moments that we focus on us instead of Him. I appreciate your article and the other GiG’s as well. Thank you all for what you do.

  13. Paula says:

    Thank you for those words of life, again! Right on Time!!!!
    Sometimes we tend to to look inward at our own wants and needs rather that outward to care for others. I think we tend to have mirrors all around, so we can see how and what WE are doing and receiving. But, if we can just look beyond ourselves, to our family, our neighbor, and our friends more often, we can live more rewarding lives; while helping to enrich the lives of others.
    If we could replace the inward thoughts and words, and replace the mirrors with glass we can see the needs of others and learn to live abundant lives. Amen!!

    May the wind blow in your favor today, my friends . . .and may God be your Guide.

    Living God’s Love,

    Paula

  14. It ‘s all about Jesus. I’m sorry for the thing I’ve made it, when it’s all about you, as the song says.

  15. Maggie says:

    We’re you sitting close to me in church because I think I was the older woman crying with the tears running down my face to that old hymn. Old hymns do that to me all the time. You are right, those old songs do take you right into the throne room of God. There’s no place like that. Sunday morning, old hymn, breathing in His holy spirit, my spirit groaning filling my eyes with tears of unspeakable JOY. Thank you for sharing it with me.

  16. Leisa says:

    I’m more than a little behind this week with these devotionals. I looked at the topic and was going to skip this article since it started off with a marriage comment. Not that I don’t need or love the articles on marriage but needed a pick-me-upper-something just for me. The spirit then reminded me that articles on marriages are always timely. I’m glad I let the spirit lead. A wonderful reminder of our purpose to lift each other up. Thank you for this fixer-upper just for me. God bless!

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