Father always had to be the center of attention

THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S CHILD once jabbed, “Father always had to be the center of attention…

When he went to a wedding, he wanted to be the bride.  When he went to a funeral, he was sorry that he couldn’t be the corpse.”

Although we may find humor in this illustration, it reflect a harmful “me-first” philosophy.  This philosophy can best be defined by the motto, “Look out for number one.”  Self is enthroned as king; people, circumstances, and life are subjects that must bow down.

Embracing this philosophy, self becomes the epicenter of the world.  But according to God’s Word, self is not to be the focal point of our lives.  God’s plan is for us to focus our thoughts, time, and energy on loving Him and others (Matthew 22:36-39Matthew 22:36-39
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36 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

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THOUGHT: If you were to write your life motto, what would it say?  Look out for number one?  Or look out for the needs of others?  (David Jeremiah)

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4Philippians 2:4
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4 not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.

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Mike Benson

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