“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
My 4-year-old daughter can be quite the charmer with her clear blue eyes, blonde hair, and contagious smile. She loves her babies, trucks, and anything and everything Spiderman. She can be a complete motormouth and always wants your full attention when she is speaking. Maggie is absolutely certain, like most 4 year olds, she’s at the center of the universe … and deserves to be there.
Like most parents, we encourage her along the way to find her voice and individual path (although she seems to know where she is without much coaching). “Good job,” we say. “I love you,” we say. We are also trying to teach her that the meaning of life is outside herself: “Share with Ellie.” “Go help Daddy.” “Use your inside voice.”
What are we really trying to teach her and are constantly reminding her older sister? Simply put- “It’s not all about you!” Put your “self” aside for a while, and think about other people.
Jesus teaches us what we try to instill in our children.
Love your neighbor as yourself. Serve God by serving others. You are an important part of the world, but the world is not about you. Use your special gifts to make life special for others.
How difficult these ideas are for a four-year-old who thinks she is Queen of Everything. How difficult these ideas are for us, Princes and Princesses of Quite a Lot.
Prayer: Gracious God, you call us to think outside ourselves and care for others. Help us to keep the example of Jesus in front of us as we go. He came to serve. With your help, and in his name, empower us to serve as he did. Amen.