I am a fraud.
If you’re honest, you’ll agree.
Yes about me, but I’m referring to you.
None of us are perfect.
We all demand.
We all seek number one (us).
We all judge.
Living for ourselves, we seek to put ourselves first.
We do that in countless ways.
Too many really to count.
When was the last time you decided to put someone else first?
To ignore your needs, seeking to serve the other first?
Think about Jesus.
He was fully human while serving all of us.
Imagine how tired he was when people kept streaming into his company for ministry after a long day of preaching.
Imagine how hungry he was when tempted and fasting for 40 days in the desert.
Imagine how much agony he suffered while climbing the hill to die for us.
Imagine how separate he felt when God turned His back, allowing Jesus to die for our sins?
Jesus did all of that for us.
He always thought of the bigger picture.
Of the suffering people.
Of how He could help all of us instead of Himself.
We can be generous, too.
Generosity will take our focus off of ourselves.
And when we stop focusing on our number one (us), the things of this world that fill us with anxiety will slowly fade away.
Does it matter if our Christmas tree doesn’t please us in the way we wish?
Does it matter if we don’t have that perfect family photo?
Not at all.
What matters is people.
Helping others see the love of God.
And that, my friends, will help us move from fraud to real.
Knowing we are really loved by God.
May we focus on others, spreading the love of God as it oozes from our very selves into the lives of others.