As part of my journey, I decided to post one weakness I struggle with per week and what I am doing daily to resolve. Last week I wrote about 'complaining', and how I should always remind myself to put my trust in God and be thankful of each moment of my life, regardless of the circumstances.
This week I am focusing on being SELFLESS.
In order to become selfless, I had to identify the areas I was being SELFISH in. I took a note of all the areas of my life, from my relationship, to my family and friends. Here is what I was able to identify the areas of my weakness: I had difficulty sacrificing for others but expected others to make sacrifice for me; I became so self-centered that I only thought about myself and my needs; I took action & made decisions without considering the implications; I became very ungrateful and egoistical (I was too proud of who/what I was and was seeing everyone else as lesser than myself); I believed I was very humble and would admit my mistakes IF I made any, but sadly I saw fault in everyone else but myself.
This selfish lifestyle pushed me to seek the best for myself at the expense of others.
Sadly it took many years and some drastic unfortunate events in my life to realize this. The only way I could really resolve to become selfless, was to model the ultimate example of selflessness displayed by JESUS.
Coming into this world, “he made himself nothing” and took upon Himself “the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:7). So I am encouraged by Apostle Paul to “have the same mindset” (Philippians 2:5). Jesus did not come for His own benefit but for ours: “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Selflessness is so important that it was the second great commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31; cf. Galatians 5:14). James calls this the “royal” law to emphasize its supreme value to God (James 2:8).
The fruit of selfishness has nothing good to offer but misery, agony & despair. So my daily practice and prayer is to become a servant – to humble myself