An Outward View
To understand the world one must not be worrying about one’s self. ~Albert Einstein~
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of becoming completely absorbed in our own needs, wants, and desires. The simple fact is, self-actualization only comes as a result of learning to turn our focus outward, and upward. In truly seeking to help others and meet their needs, relying on simple faith to see us through…not only are our own real needs always met, but we can begin to understand what life is all about, and start to understand and appreciate the meaning of “agape” love.
Thought for the day
Preoccupation with self separates us from God, from our fellow human beings and ultimately from ourselves. We must relearn to forget ourselves, to contemplate a God who draws us out of ourselves and to serve others as the ultimate expression of selfhood. If we are right with Him our self esteem will not be dependent on what others think of us and we will live in peace.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. ~Matthew 22:37-40~
…If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in Him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgement; because as He is, so also are we in this world. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
~1 John 4:12,13,16,17,19-21 (NASB)~