Self-e (as in ego) — my thoughts on the subject of “self”

Self-focused eyes have limited vision. Perhaps finding love, joy, peace, and hope is more important than “finding yourself.” Everybody needs something to think about and focus on, other than self.

To think outside yourself, it helps to listen to someone who thinks differently than you and to try to see from their perspective. Selfless moments are joyful, not sacrificial. The blindfold of self-concern is set aside and dazzling light dances in the heart.

You can find
Peace of mind
When self interests
Are left behind.

Trying to find yourself is frustrating. Searching for a meaningful way to be of service to others is liberating!

If you improve your circumstances, but don’t change yourself, your situation may be better, but you won’t be. To lose yourself in a worthy cause is to find peace and joy that self-focus can never provide.

The bad things happening inside our heart are an even greater threat to our well being than the bad things going on around us.

Pride is self-deception, making us believe that we are better than we really are. Conscience calls us back to truth and humility. Self-focus causes us to be easily offended.

Self is an inner prison that keeps you from appreciating the beauty around you and the image of God in other people. Self-focus tends to ignore or resist God’s will. Humility and brokenness no longer trust self, but seek the will of God instead.

Self-pursuit is exhausting. Self-knowledge is discouraging. Moving on from self to pursue and get to know Christ, produces hope.

Promptings from self are usually a mixture of good and evil. Promptings from the living God are always good.

What you say about other people communicates more about yourself than it does about them. Humility faces reality. Pride replaces it with self-deception.

Focusing on our desires, feelings and opinions distracts us from giving our full attention to the internally empowering Jesus. The more I know myself, the more I realize my great need to continually follow the living Jesus Christ. To live my way is a far cry from living Christ’s way.

Christians aren’t called to follow and obey self. We are called to align with the risen Jesus. The inner voices of self, temptation, and God compete for your allegiance. Your lifestyle shows who you’re listening to. God loves you so much that He wants to free you from self-deception, self-torment, and self-destruction.

When I’m focused on the living Jesus, life is amazing! When I’m focused on myself, it’s frustrating. Since God created me, He does a far greater job of leading me than I do of leading myself, yet often, I still want to resist Him.

Few people doubt the existence of self — a conscious, nonmaterial, rational, emotive, choice making, strong willed, inner entity. Most of us have fought many battles with self. I believe in human consciousness because I experience it daily. I believe that Jesus is alive because I experience Him daily.

Perhaps its time to cut any unbiblical cord (that violates Scripture) in your life. When self leads one way and God leads another, our choice shows the true loyalty of our heart.

A nonfriction life is fiction. Something will always rub you the wrong way, but don’t let it ruin your day.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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