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Your Role in Life

Posted by undergroundchurch on May 4, 2009


There are really two attitudes you take in this life  – what can I get out of it and what can I do to make a difference. A shortened way of saying this is that you are either selfish or selfless.

You’re probably thinking, “that’s pretty narrow minded”, but the fact of the matter is that everything you do in life can be put in one of these two categories.  

The answer to the title of this blog starts with your attitude.  If you are the selfish type, you will look at life for what you can get out of it.  Many of the people that live life in this category honestly don’t want to be here, and they get into a endless cycle that keeps them returning to an attitude of selfishness. 

By nature, mankind is bent toward the selfish approach to life.  It was the very thing that got Adam and Eve into trouble.

 “[Eve] saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it and gave somet to her husband who was with her and he ate it too.” Genesis 3:6

The selfsish person is one that feeds off the system… whatever that system may be. For example, these are the people that attend church and do nothing about being active in the church.  These are the people that live for themselves and spend all their untaxed money on themselves.  These are the people that, though they may hurt for those in need, really do little to nothing about it. Everything tends to be about them.  

The other attitude is quite different because though they may have their moments of selfishness, for the most part they act selfless.  They take on a ministry in a church, they feed the hungry, give money like it grows on trees, they invest in other people and like the selfless person, they hurt for the hurting and do something about it. And when things happen to them, they don’t take it personal instead seeing the bigger picture.

The best part of all this is that you determine your attitude.  Yes, you can change your role in life.  Our pastor mentioned this week that Charles Stanley once said that the one thing in your life you have complete control over is your attitude. You can’t blame anybody but yourself for your attitude in life. Read the story of Joseph in the Bible.  Very few people were hurt by others like he was, yet his attitude was always one of selflessness.

I have been in both arenas in my life.  At times, I fluctuate back and forth between them.  But on the whole, I strive to live a selfless life.

A motto I repeat to myself every so often to remind myself of my purpose is, “What can I do to make you better off than you were a minute ago.”  When I think like this, it tends to take the focus off of me and changes my attitude.  

The result is that when I please myself, my feeling of satisfaction is usually brief and unfulilling. When I meet others needs and bring a little light into their lives, I get a deeper, richer and more profound feeling of satisfaction that lasts much longer and really makes a difference in my role in life.

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One Response to “Your Role in Life”

  1. timbob said

    Good morning. A most needful reminder as we all have this old nature dwelliing in our members that seeks self satisfaction. And so we must die to self on a daily basis; consistantly seeking to be more like Jesus and less like us.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

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