Only one student out of sixty this morning knew which teams were playing in the seventh and final game of the World Series. You can be sure if the Red Sox were playing not only would they have known, they would have been ramped up. If it doesn’t involve us we don’t care. I’m sure you have noticed when the news reports an airplane crash somewhere in the world they will tell us how many Americans were on board. Forget about the Guineans or anyone else. Thousands of people are dying of Ebola in West Africa but we get an almost daily account of the fever of the one and only American being treated in New York City.
We are very self-centered beings. So often we hear someone say after a disaster, “Wow that could have been me.” As difficult as it might seem to understand, everything isn’t about US. About now some of you who read these devotionals might say, “Well, most of these devotionals are about something that happened to YOU.” You’re right. I am just as self-centered as you.
Over and over I hear people say, “Jesus died just for you.” A good thing to do when preaching is to personalize it. However, Jesus died for everyone. I know if only you or I would have accepted Him, He would have still done it. But that isn’t my point right now. I’m talking about the fact that each of us is the center of the universe. Or so we think.
Every once in awhile I try to do something for someone without their knowing who did it. It’s a great thing to do because I don’t get the glory for it. But then again I do glow in the knowledge that I did it. I am so wonderful!
Written by Roger Bothwel on October 30, 2014
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