Less of me... more of You.
John 3:30 – “He must increase, I must decrease.”
More of Him, less of me... less of me, more of you.
When I read this scripture last month, something inside of me reached out and grabbed it... took hold of it... wrung it out and absorbed every drop of it in a way that I've never experienced before.
It's not about me.
I meditated on this, I reminded myself daily, hourly, minute by minute. In whatever situation, whatever the circumstances... it would, in no way, ever be about me. It's about Him, it's about you.
It's about your soul, your feelings, and your needs. If you are not saved it's up to me as a daughter of the king to show you Jesus. If you are feeling down it's up to me as a daughter of the king to listen, and if possible, lift your spirits. If you are in need it's up to me as a daughter of the king to meet that need to the best of my abilities.
It's not about me.
It amazes me how, when I took the focus off myself, everything else just seemed to fall into place effortlessly.
Friendships are growing, because it's all about them. It's not about me.
My marriage is easier, because it's all about him. It's not about me.
My parenting is better, because it's all about them. It's not about me.
I've made myself available. I've put myself out there... I've explored and dove head first into community.
I'm no longer worried about what others might think of me, or how others see me, because none of it is about me at all anymore.
I came across THIS wonderful blog post today and I sat there, amazed.
She had taken the exact things I have been feeling lately and wrote it all down with words... PERFECTLY.
I loved the way she put it:
"Opinions are like shadows, always changing depending on the angle of the sun and where the person stands. So while I haven’t licked this people pleasing thing, I am learning to turn my face from those hopscotching shadows and towards the constant Son. When I do this, I find His light reflects from me to others, and I love better.
I’m called to love people whether or not they are all that lovely to me. Really, I’m called to especially love those who aren’t so loving in return. Remembering this helps me focus on what I’m created to do: Focus on people’s hearts, not their opinions. My faith can then rest in the good opinion of my Father, the One who has my heart. Besides, He’s much easier to please anyway."
Exactly! See! A woman of my own heart! :)
It's not about me... it's not about what people think of me, because that doesn't matter anyway. When I take the focus off myself, and center everything around Him and all that He loves (aka YOU) things are just so much easier. I'm no longer trying to exhaustingly please everyone around me.. My only focus is on Him... on pleasing Him.
What's that you ask? When can it ever about me? When do I get to rant and rave and who can I unload on? Well... He is my Father... He is the King of Kings... He is all knowing, all powerful, and He is there for me daily... because with Him it is all about Me.
I've never before actually created a printable... but I felt I needed at least one to place above my computer at work. I’ll place them next to my Choose Joy printable, to remind me less I forget. I'm not sure if you will like them or not. I'm sure I'll play around with it and make more in the future, but for now here is what I came up with.