Selfishness

There is a lot to be said in this title. In Fact, there is a lot going through my head about that word.

SELFISHNESS.

As a child you are told and taught to think of others. Don’t hit your brother. Share your toys. Share your treats. Love everyone. Give here, give there. As you get older you learn there are MORE places to be unselfish. You develop friendships. You become committed to things. You have jobs. Things that require to make you think about other people.

I have learned that lately, I am a very selfish person. I want to sound better, look better, have the perfect house, the perfect life… BLAH BLAH BLAH

Well… I can’t have that. I can’t have those wonderful things until I become self-less.

LESS of me and MORE of Jesus.

Some people (hint hint: mom) would disagree and say that I am not selfish in many ways. Which in some ways, I’m not. I love giving of my time, time that I don’t have, to commit myself to many things that I can’t say no to. I love GIVING GIFTS!! If I have $5 to last me all week I would rather by someone lunch with it then spend it on myself. But there is SO MUCH MORE to being unselfish then just doing good works.

self⋅less  –adjective

having little or no concern for oneself, esp. with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish.

MAN… WHY IS THIS SO HARD?!?!?! God called us to be WILLING SERVANTS!!! Just like he was. He was all about the people that surrounded him. Loved the people more then he ever loved himself.

We’re talking about a man that can do anything he ever wanted. Could have had all the riches and fame in the world, and he chose to serve his people.

I was reminded tonight, by Pastor Aaron, the story about Jesus washing people’s feet. The lowest of the lowest position in a house hold, and Jesus did it. JESUS DID IT! With no hesitation. With no contemplating. With no REGRET! Just.. did it.

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Putting others needs above your own is a difficult thing. For a mother to a child I would think it’s hard, but not difficult because they NEED you. Although I’m sure there are mom’s out there who would just like a break. But knowing that the small (or big) child needs you would make you lay all of you selfishness aside, and do it. But when it comes to adults, or people of your age.. Isn’t it harder? Seeing that man on the street needing money.. it’s hard. Knowing that he could get a job somewhere if he just cleaned himself up and tried. But God says to do it any way. Love them any way. Give of yourself any way.

Servant: a person in the service of another.

When I read this definition I think… “man, I am sooo bull headed”. I can’t just do something for someone without thinking what I will get in return. Or How will this advance me in my life? Not realizing that it will advance me into God’s Kingdom and that should be the one and only thing that I truly care about. I want God to be proud of me. And I truly believe that he has called us ALL to be servants. Not just the people that are good at it. Cause I can tell you right now, there are a few people at the top of my head that give without ceasing. Or hesitation. And I want to be one of those people that someone think about when they hear the word servant!

Let me let you in on a little tid bit of my life. I am very selfish when it concerns my relationship with my Husband. Now I realize that we are BOTH very stubborn people. And this is not a confession that is to be held over my head. But this is a working process. God tells us women to cherish or husbands and to bring them good, not harm.  Selfishness is and can be a very powerful thing. It’s a life style that can take over us when we’re not looking. Like that ugly shirt with holes that you just don’t want to get rid of. Selfishness. Stubbornness. I have it all.

I’m making a world wide confession (and don’t hate me but,)… BJ, I AM SO SORRY!! I am so sorry that I am selfish when it comes to our marriage. Our way of life. The way we think things. God hears us. He knows the desires of our hearts. I see the man of God that you are and I don’t doubt you. We are both stubborn… But I want to learn more and more how to be a great servant wife. (but not THAT kind of servant! 🙂 ) I love you more then you will ever know. You are my world and I would be lost without you. I’m learning. We’re learning. Together, this is what God has for us. I know it. and I LOVE YOU!

 

To everyone else out there reading this. This was a venting moment. Something that I needed to do. Typing it all out makes it more clear. And in return please know that SELFISHNESS gets you no where, except back to feeling empty. Do something for someone. Everyday. Not just today, or tomorrow. But everyday. Give a hug. A penny. Clean a house. Whatever. God called us to be servants for a reason. He knows the out come. And the ultimate impact… TO CHANGE THE WORLD! And we can… one servant at a time.

Peace

Cherith

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What kind of “parker” are you?

ok, so I have a fun post. And something that I am determind to make you think about next time you go to the store.

So.. how do you park? Or should I say how long does it take you to park?

See.. when I go to the store I want to get a parking spot and get it quickly. My theory is. It will take me longer to find a parking spot that is close, when it won’t take me long to find a spot a little further and walk 2 minutes into the building.

Now, I know that right now in most cases, it is FREEZING outside. BUT think about it. With driving and driving around you are waisting gas and just getting more frustrated. So I have come up with different types of “Parkers” with the help of Ryan Sycrest and his radio show.

I AM:

a) The 20 Minute driver – I will wait as long as I have to, to get that perfect spot and will drive around in circles at my destination because I KNOW THAT SOMEONE WILL BE LEAVING THAT SPOT.. sooner then later

b) The Stalker – I will follow anyone and everyone that comes out of a store to see where they have parked. If it’s to far away I will follow someone else. And then I will proceed to sit in the middle of the aisle with my blinker on INDICATING that I am waiting (and have been waiting) for THAT particular spot. You can’t have it.

c) The Hiker – I know what I want and need in the store. I will park a little further away if it means that I will get in and out of the store faster. I have a mission. And I can walk fast even if it’s cold out.

 

SO, my question to you is.. what kind of parker are you?

Come on.. don’t be shy. And if you can think of some other kind of parker that you know of tell me!!!

Take my Poll

The Hiker,

Cherith

Over 1,000 hits!

I just have to share that I have had over 1,00 people visit my blog!!! I don’t care if that means a lot of the same people have looked at my site a few times over… I’m just excited… OK… that is awesome…

More Post to come!

This year is mine in 2009!

Cherith Brook

It’s been to long and… WE’RE GOING ORGANIC!

Wow… what a long few months it has been. I know I know… don’t say it. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!!

Well, lets just say, the holidays got the best of me and I became non stop. Literally. I never really sat down. I probably got to update TWITTER more then this thing because I can just text whatever I feel to it! Unlike the Internet that I don’t have on my phone. IF I DID (hint hint babe.. I need an iPod Touch!) I would have gotten on here much more often. well I have a few new year resolutions that I am posting today… tell me what you think

#1) As in the title.. We’re going organic. As in our food.. our life.. our way of things around the house. It’s kind of hard because you have to spend money to save money. I don’t know. If you have any good tips we’re game. My husband is a major money pincher.. so keep that in mind.

#2) I’m FINALLY going to do something about my passion for Event Coordinating and darn it! I’m getting a  business started! I’m a little nervous about it. I went to a Bridal show today and was a tid bit overwhelmed. Things change so much in a year. Can I keep up with this gig?

#3) Last but not least… the goal for everyone… I’m LOSING WEIGHT. Or more like, actually sticking to goals that I made LAST YEAR… 🙂 I’m going to work out if it kills me and eat healthier dang it!!! I ate all my last good bye to the things I will no longer have… so thats it. I’m doing it.

 

So… I’m back. Offically. I have a post that I can’t wait to put up. I’m hoping you will all enjoy it and it will make you laugh. Maybe tomorrow… maybe

This year is mine in ’09!!!!!

Cherith