I’m writing quickly because I have a funeral to go to today; my beautiful niece’s mom (my brother’s ex-wife) passed away and today is the interment. I love my niece and my brother, but its one of those awkward situations we sometimes face in life. I do not like going to funerals (I know, who does), but I want to be a comforter, after all, it is not about me today.
A couple days ago, when my wife and I were scheduling our lives for today’s events, to contrast and combat my selfish desire to initially not want to go, I blurted out, “I need to remember that its not about me, its about her, ” meaning my niece.
Then It Hit Me
And of course, He was absolutely correct. Don’t get me wrong, I love my niece and I even love my ex-sister-in-law, but my focus was slightly askew. When we (when I) step out in response to situations such as these, it must always be with the attitude and love of a servant of His, otherwise I (we) run the risk of merely being advocates of emotion (rather than advocates of Christ’s love).
Does That Make Sense
I am hoping that it does. When we are obedient to the Lord, it is His tendency to take care of the things that we had initially set out to ‘take care of’ on our own. But, by putting Jesus first, He is able to accomplish that objective and likely do so much more. But even having said that, our obedience is not so, or should not be so our goals can be achieved, but solely because it is pleasing to God. It is all about Jesus.