Selfishness

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I love kids, and I’ve been a babysitter/nanny for years.  Believe me, I have plenty of cute and funny stories and most of them have some sort of lesson behind them.

*that’s not a picture of any of the girls I’ve watched but it was SOOO cute so I couldn’t resist posting it 🙂

I nannied for a year for one family with three girls.  I worked a lot of hours a week–sometimes as much as 50.  I often started at 7 o’clock in the morning so I didn’t always have time to eat breakfast before I had to leave for work.  I usually would make a smoothie to bring with me for when I got hungry.  Well, one morning, the youngest girl (who was then 2) and I were going to run some errands.  I set my smoothie on the counter and went into the laundry room to start a load before we left.

I came back out a minute later to find a guilty looking little girl holding an empty cup.  She held it out to me and said, “I was thirsty, Miss Addi.”  I couldn’t help but laugh with that cute face and those puppy dog eyes she was so good at giving.

I think that’s exactly what we do whenever we’re selfish.  We focus on our wants, our hungers, our desires instead of other’s.  We forget that our selfishness can actually hurt the other person (i.e. my empty stomach :p).  We’re so intent on what we want or what we think we need that we forget to look into the other person’s interests.

Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Sometimes we’re so focused on ourselves that we forget that other people have wants and desires too.

Romans 12:10 says, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”  Put others before yourself.  Selflessness can be shown in little things and sometimes in big things.  That could mean giving up the best seat or the last piece of dessert.  Maybe it means investing time into helping someone with something when you’d rather be watching your favorite show.

Selfishness is a heart issue that often is hard for us to see.  We don’t realize what we’re doing.  1 Corinthians 13:5 says of love that, “it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”  Did you see that?  Love is not self-seeking.

Let’s love others by putting them first and seeking their interests BEFORE our own.

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