Monday, December 7, 2009

The 'Me First' Mentality

I hate traffic! Whether it’s on the road in my car or in a crowded store or event, it stresses me out! I have even been known to avoid events where I know that there is no ‘crowd control’ in place because I know that I won’t enjoy what I’m there to do because of the ‘me first’ mentality of those around me. You know what I’m talking about, it’s the guy who whips in and out through traffic, riding up on people’s bumper and cutting others off just so HE can get to where he wants to go with no concern for the other people around him. Or the woman who will muscle through the crowd just to grab the last _______ regardless of how many people had been waiting their turn to get to it. I know this just sounds like a rant, but hopefully you’re feeling that same turning in your stomach as I do when I think about people who act like that.

I was having that same feeling the other day as I was trying to get home after a very long day of work and errands (in heels). The longer I had to wait to be able to pull out of the parking lot, the angrier I became…I think I could actually feel my blood boiling! I remember saying under my breath “Lord, could you please help me out here??” It was more sarcasm then an actual prayer, but I felt God speak to my heart in that moment anyway. I felt Him saying “Didn’t I tell you that you were supposed to let them be first?” Ouch! There’s nothing like the sting of conviction!

God was right; I had become so frustrated with the other people because I was acting just like the other people… I had the ‘me first’ mentality! I wasn’t angry or stressed because I was missing something important or had an emergency to tend to, I was angry because I wasn’t getting my way. I was acting just like everyone else as I judged them for it! I deserved some conviction right about then! It took only moments for me to repent from my bad attitude and put on some new found humility.

Interestingly, once I had a more humble spirit I didn’t mind the ‘me first’ mentality as much. As I allowed others to go before me, I felt more at peace. I also didn’t go without what I needed… in one store it looked like the item was sold out but after I took my time to look around I found it in an unexpected place. I felt more at peace and was blessed by allowing others to go before me.

Are you struggling with a ‘me first’ mentality? Remember that being first in the world does not make you first in the Kingdom! Ask God to renew your mind today so that you experience His peace and His blessings by putting others first and allowing God to provide for your needs…you’ll be amazed by how good you’ll feel!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last." Luke 13:29-30

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