Wesley Challenge_Day 14
Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
SATURDAY — 01.16.21 · Philippians 2:3-4
It is healthy to be self-aware. However, being too aware of self can make us self-absorbed if we’re not careful. Wesley wanted us to reflect on the question, “Am I self-conscious, self-pitying or self-justifying?” so that we confront our human penchant to be so concerned with “self” that we lose sight of the “others” in our lives. Do yourself a favor. Reflect carefully and act swiftly on the core of what Wesley was getting at in today’s question. Watch it change the way you see the world and also the way others see you.
⇒ How often do you attempt something you will be “bad” at? If your answer is “rarely,” why do you think that is? Are you afraid of being embarrassed or looking foolish to others? Are you worried about criticism, or is it because you have an excessive need to always be the “best”? Has anyone ever told you that you are self-absorbed, self-pitying, or self-justifying? What were the circumstances of that encounter? What, if anything, did you learn about yourself as a result?
Prayer: God, teach me to serve you first and to seek your kingdom. Help me to be less concerned about myself and more about you and your mission for this world. Help me not to be so concerned with myself that I forget your purpose for me. Amen.