For many a year (most of my life – in all truth) I had the mindset that if there was something I absolutely needed to do or had to do, then it was a burden; a chore; an unpleasant tax on my time.
Why? Simple. I was being selfish and self-centered. I could only see things as how they affected me. I gave little-to-no-thought as to how others might be affected if I failed to do what was needed or if I did it begrudgingly (and nearly always making sure others knew how “put-out” I felt about it).
Today, whenever that old feeling wants to resurrect itself, I immediately nip it in the bud and redirect my thinking. Why? Simple. Today, it is not about me. That is to say, today I consider it a blessing and an opportunity to get out of myself and be of service to others. In so doing, I reap the great reward of seeing the good that is accomplished for others. I get to see their smiling faces and hear their kind words of appreciation. And even if they are having a bad day and they don’t happen to be smiling or offering any kind words, I get the joy of knowing that I am honoring God and bringing glory to him; I get to make him smile.
And the icing on the cake? I get to thank God for making himself known to me and rescuing me from the hell I was living (dying) in. Today I get to please God instead of myself, which brings tears of joy to my eyes.
All praise, glory and honor to the Lord God Almighty.