Sometimes a quote or a phrase or something that someone says is so powerful that we find ourselves repeating it to others or reminding ourselves of it often. One of those simple phrases got my attention recently and it has permeated into my life in some of the coolest ways.
I had heard the words before, but it was at a recent leadership retreat that they took on a different life…
GET OVER YOURSELF
We live in such a “what’s good for me” culture these days that we sometimes forget that we are here to serve others. Even if we feel like we may not be overly self-involved, we hear a phrase like this and go “hmmm, am I doing enough for others?”
A few Sundays ago we were sitting in church and as I was listening to the sermon, I wrote the words again on the top of one of the pages in my bible – I just thought it went with what the message was that day…
And then a really cool thing happened… the words jumped off the page and into the heart of our family – and I didn’t even realize it until a couple weeks later. My husband and I were having a conversation and he said “It’s like those words you wrote in your bible that day, ‘Get Over Yourself’ – It stuck with me and I have thought about it a lot lately.”
Those three simple words got us thinking about what we have been given – so that we can give to others. And let me say this loud and clear – this is not just about money or possessions…
It got us thinking about the struggles we had gone through and how we could help others who might be going through the same thing. There may be someone out there right now who just needs to know that you are on the other side of that particular hardship now – they may need to know that there is a bigger blessing after the storm and they need guidance in getting through it! How much extra TIME do you devote to just listening to someone who may need to just talk it out? What kind of overflow do you have in your life that you can pass on to others?
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
We are living a very empty life if we think we are supposed to do only for ourselves and that’s all. When we come to the end of our lives here on earth, don’t we want to know that we have impacted someone else’s life for the better? Getting over ourselves – so that we can serve others better – this is the goal we should all strive for.
My husband even used these words with one of our daughters when she started showing her selfish side (as children often do) and it made me realize just how powerful that simple phrase is and how it can impact someone on a different level.
This life is not about “us.” We need to take the short time we have on earth to show others what true love is – what serving others can do, not just for other’s SOULS, but also for our own. Because when we are a blessing to others, it blesses us in return!
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
We are all blessed with different gifts so we that we can bless others in our own ways. Where is the overflow in your life? How can it be used to help others?
P.S. – Thank you to our leadership speaker, Matt Rush, who slapped me in the face with that statement… it has definitely stuck!