Today’s Scripture: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:24–25

Many of our problems with people would be solved if we learned to swallow our pride and selfishness. Once, after giving his ideas for some changes in the company’s policies at a board meeting, the chairman of the board for a large company told the other officers, “Of course, it’s only a suggestion, gentlemen, but let’s not forget who’s making it.” 

Are you the kind of person who feels like the world is revolving around you? This attitude is very dangerous, because it sets us up for failure. It makes us become narrow-minded so that we can only see what’s going on in our lives. We can be easily angered and offended when something goes wrong, or when someone disagrees with us or proves us wrong. This is a result of our insecurity. Instead of accepting responsibility for our wrongdoing or looking at the real cause of our problems, our self-centeredness ultimately causes us to blame God and others. 

The only way we can break free from this way of thinking is to learn to see ourselves the way God sees us. We need to realize that we’re living in a world He created, and which He is perfectly managing. It’s not about us. Even so, God loves and accepts us for who we are, with all of our sins and shortcomings. That ought to make each of us thankful.

Let’s break free from our self-centeredness and live confidently in the awareness of who we are in Christ. The roller coaster of human opinion doesn’t have to make us sick again.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder