Have you ever helped your child with an “All About Me” poster for school? Children often do them in preschool and the early elementary grades to get to know each other. The truth is that when children are little, everything is about them, or at least they think it is.
When children are small everything really is about them. I want this. Get me this. Do this for me. Help me with this. There are a lot of “I’s” and “me’s” in these sentences. At a certain point, children start to learn that everything is not about them. The way that they learn this is through parents teaching them. When children are taught that everything in the world is not all about them, they start to understand. They learn to care about others and not just themselves.
It is so easy as adults to fall back into the mentality of “all about me.” We want what is best for us or we want what will help ourselves out the most. Our sinful nature is constantly telling us to think of ourselves first. God has a different command for us. He tells us in Luke 10:27, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” God also gave us ten commandments that tell us to love God and put others before ourselves. However, our old sinful nature battles every day with our new man to win this fight. Don’t stop fighting and remember what God had told us. Not only has God commanded us to do this, but he has also shown us how.
Jesus set a perfect example for us. There are numerous accounts in the New Testament of the many kind actions of Jesus. When Jesus was on earth he helped people, he healed people, and he served many. He spoke kind words to many, forgave everyone, and gave so many hope. Jesus also gave all of us the gift of eternal life by leading a perfect life and dying on the cross to take away our many sins. Let’s remember to treat others not just how we would want to be treated but how Jesus would treat them.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for the wonderful example you set for us. Help us to constantly fight off sin and temptations. Help others to see you in our words and actions towards each other. Amen