I just recently read a book by Timothy Keller called The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness. If you are looking for a true lesson in humility this short read will quickly gut punch your pride. It is a very small 40 page book that you could read in a couple of hours.
I never knew one could do so much damage to ones ego and pride with 40 small pages, but it did. After reading it the following verses echoed in my mind;
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 1: 3-4
This text is found in a conversation the Apostle Paul is having with a church about Christ’s humility and how we have an example for us to follow. I was driving to work the other day and I began to take notice of the common theme of my thoughts. They were all about me. I’m always thinking about me, eager to talk about me, and eager for people to ask about me. I’m all about promoting me!
As I was driving to work the other day I asked myself why do I only think about myself. When was the last time I was consumed with someone else’s problem and wrestled with the Lord over their issue? When was the last time I asked about someone else’s life and really meant it instead of using it as a time to figure out what I wanted to say next.
Lord help me be more concerned about other people. Not just in front of their faces but in my mind, my heart and every moment of the day. Lord I don’t want to worship me, I’m a horrible God. Amen!