Selflessness: When Anything Else Is Too Small.

This picture takes my breath away every time I see it. Why? Because of its presence of peace. Because of the snow on the branch. Because of the perfectly captured moment. But above all, I love this picture because of the bird.
The bird does not know it is beautiful, and even if it did, that does not matter in its life. It lives its life one moment at a time. It is not self-concerned or worried about the next time it will get food. It is not dwelling on its outside appearance to others. It is living its life in every moment.

This bird got me thinking how selfish and worried we as humans are. So often we get caught up in ourselves, what we look like and what we will do next that we forget to look around, take a breath and live life. We forget to breathe because we are worrying all the time. This constant worry causes us to become selfish and self-absorbed. It takes control of our life and stops us from being who we were made to be. It stops us from living our full, God-given, potential.

M A T T H E W  6 : 26

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

This last Sunday my pastor said something that stuck with me, and I hope I do justice as I give this message to you: Selflessness-When Anything Else Is Too Small. Staying in your circle is too small. Living life through a comfortable routine is too small. Supporting yourself is too small. Looking after just your own church is too small. Only Talking to your own friends is too small.

Doing only the things we are comfortable with does not give us area to grow. Living in our own world cuts us off from the fruit that we could be sowing and reaping.  Selfless comes from helping others and putting their needs first. In the spectrum of life, doing those tiny, comfortable, self-concerned things are too small compared to what we are able to do. Don’t get me wrong, of course it is okay to be in a circle and be comfortable and to take car of your own church, but doing just those things and living your life through those lenses is not enough.

Its like having glasses with a prescription with half of what you need. It works and you can go through your everyday life better than without the glasses, but its not enough. It is not fulfilling. Seeing clearly is a gift that we are given and once we are able to see clearly we want to do new things and we get to live life everyday happy.

We get to spread his word. We get to help other churches with offerings and prayers. We get to help that kid sitting at a lunch table looking lonely. We get to help someone at work who is going through a hard time. Instead we should reach out to others. Living is finding new experiences and helping others in this thing called life. Why would you want anything less?

Focusing on what we ‘need’ to do is too small. Instead we should reach out and do what we ‘can’ do. We should go out and live a life worth living. We should live each day to its full potential, and the way be can do that is with selflessness. Think big-go big and walk up to someone else and make their day better. Don’t pick the easy or small path that you are comfortable with, take the long and big (but adventurous and fulfilling) road of selflessness.

P H I L I P P I A N S   2 : 3-4

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others.

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