After I typed that last post about my negative thoughts at the women's event the other night, I wondered if I should have been so honest! ;) I knew it was bad when it was happening, but seeing it in black and white just made it seem even uglier!
I hope you were able to read the post by Lysa TerKeurst that so spoke to me the next day. She reminded us that we are not here to compete with others to receive praise and glory for ourselves. We are here to glorify GOD and lift up HIS name. Period.
My favorite part was where she shared that after she had prayed to God about her own bad attitude, she became intentional about blessing OTHERS. She decided that she was going to take every encounter she had with others and not only GIVE a blessing but also seek to receive one.
She said "As women talked to me, I looked for some blessing of truth, challenge, or revelation I could glean from this other person. Even if the person was self-focused and not caring a bit about giving me anything, I chose to see my interaction with her as a blessed reminder not to act that way myself." I love that idea! Can you imagine what the world would be like if we ALL adopted that mindset?
I want to do the same thing. I want to BE a blessing to every person I come in contact with and also seek to receive a blessing from them...meaning, I want to look at each person through God's eyes and ask Him to show me what positive thing I can learn from them or from my interaction with them. I guess what I'm really saying is, I want to see God's hand in every circumstance, every person He brings into my life on a daily basis.
When I was thinking about the concept of giving/being a blessing to each person I meet, what instantly came to mind was that phrase in 2 Corinthians 2:15 that talks about "the aroma of Christ". That's what I want to leave people with. Instead of hoping people really like ME and approve of ME when I talk to someone, or interact with them in any way, I really want there to be an aroma of Christ that lingers. I want my words and my actions and everything about me to point to and glorify HIM.
If I am really serious about this I need to look into God's Word to fill my mind with His truths. I need to remind myself often that I am a daughter of the King of Kings. He sent His only Son to die for me. He loves me that much! He is sufficient. There's just no reason for me to wear myself out trying to please others or gain their attention when I already have Jesus Christ as my best Friend. Living my life to bring glory only to Him is what will bring me lasting peace and joy. (Thanks, Lysa, for the reminder!)