It’s All About Me!
Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ (Ephesians 5:21)
Americans love to watch television reality shows. This has been true ever since the debut of the first reality hit, Survivor. We enjoy watching the contestants scheme and backstab their way to the million-dollar prize. They all hope to avoid being voted off the show by looking out for number one. The winner of this reality show is usually the person who best adopts the all-about-me attitude!
Although that may be a successful strategy for playing a TV game, the all-about-me philosophy is devastating to the family. Today, more marriages end by divorce than by the death of a spouse. Thirty-five percent of our nation’s children live apart from their biological fathers. That is the real reality of the all-about-me strategy.
Christianity rejects the self-centered attitude and teaches that the winning strategy is really all about submission. We are to first trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and then we are called to submit to Him. As part of that, we are called to submit to our government officials, employers, and spiritual leaders. Christian husbands are called to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Yet wives are called to submit to their husbands, and children are called to submit to their parents. It’s all about seeking what is best for others before ourselves.
When our outlook changes from "It's all about me" to "It’s all about God and others", there is peace with God and a better chance for peace within our families and with our fellow man. When that becomes reality, we don’t just survive—we soar!