So Long Sister Selfie!
Pride is the silent killer of Christianity!
What’s Draining You? Sister Selfie A.K.A. Pride!
The world is so angry at Christians. We like to think it’s because we are so Christ- like. We’re persecuted for our faith. I wonder sometimes if they’re angry because we are so Pharisee-like.
The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
“Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank You that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.”
Wiser, Stronger, Better
We might not say it out loud, but we sure might think it. If we’re not careful, we may actually start to believe that we’re wiser, stronger, and somehow better than other people.
Dear God. Thank you that I’m fit. I eat right. I take care of myself. I look good. Thank you that I’m not overweight like Carol, Sandy and Kelly.
Dear God. Thank you that I am a good mom and I’m raising successful children. Thank you that they’re honor role students and not drug addicted prodigals like Michelle’s son or April’s daughter.
Dear God. Thank you that I am financially responsible. Thank you that I’m not losing my house like Paula, Stacy, and Sheila.
My Evil Siamese Twin — Sister Selfie!
Five years ago I discovered that I had an evil Siamese twin named Sister Selfie and her middle name is pride. And I’m sure you’d agree if you met her, she’s down right obnoxious!
She can act like she’s listening and interested. But she’s really thinking about herself. How she looks. How she sounds. What people think of her.
She doesn’t let people get too close because she’s so concerned about getting hurt; she values self-protection over selfless love.
She doesn’t take criticism very well.
She is sure that she’s always right. Her way is the best and only way.
She doesn’t pray nearly as often as she should. She tries to do everything all by herself.
She is an over-thinker. She’s far too calculating and cautious.
No one likes it when they see our cell phones shining brightly instead of the featured film. No one likes it when they see Sister Selfie instead of the leading man, Jesus
Turn Your Screen Brightness Down!
A reminder to turn our screen brightness down! That lackluster, lifeless, dangerously low spiritual battery may be a result of God’s heavy hand of opposition on us. (James 4:6)
She served me well for a time but I do know this. Her time has passed. I don’t need her anymore. I need Jesus and I need to take his outstretched, nail pierced hands and hold on for dear life! I need to view myself and the people around me through His eyes. I need to see that I’m just one tiny dot on the very fringe of this gigantic universe. I’m not the center. He is. He must increase and I must decrease. He’s God and I’m not.
Sister Selfie is missing out on so much life. If only she could steady her gaze on her Heavenly Father and skip through life with reckless abandon. It’s time to part ways with her. How? This is what I did and need to keep on doing?
Recognize you can’t do it on your own! Get your pride out in the light and share your struggles with a trusted friend. Pray! Pray some more. Smother self by serving others. Ask for help. Lower your expectations. Be grateful everyday. Give God all the glory. So long Sister Selfie! It’s time to get back to humble living and part two of the parable we started with?
“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:12-14 (NKJV)
The tax collector knew something that the Pharisee didn’t? God values broken people, meek people, humble people, and dependent people. That’s where the joy is.
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