Self-forgetfulness is powerful. Try it.

My will and God’s will
Are often in conflict
And then I must choose
Who’s will to restrict.
And who’s will to pick.
The more I love my will,
The harder it is to say,
“Not my will,
But Yours be done.”

Blurs reality
And makes me forget
That it’s all
Not about me.

My self-will
Tells me
That it’s a thrill.
Instead, it’s usually
A poison pill
That tries to spill
My inner peace.

Step out of
Your self-will
And you will
Be able to see
Life more clearly.

Think about when you were the happiest. Then you will remember the joy of self-forgetfulness. Self-focus crowds out happiness.

Neither self-loving nor self-loathing brings inner peace but self-surrender to the living Jesus does! When we lay down our will by setting aside our pride and forgetting our self-focus, we can let God take control, Then He makes all things work together for our good like a beautiful mosaic.

The more I forget about myself and concentrate on Jesus the happier I am and the freer I am to love other people. The more I care about and focus on my needs and desires, the less inner peace I have.

Without self-forgetfulness it’s very hard to focus on other people and their needs. When offense rises up inside of you, don’t take it! Instead, choose “speaking the truth in love.”

Without self-focus it’s hard to take offense at what other people say and do. Instead, we can have mercy and compassion for them. Pride is quickly offended; humility rarely is.

Self-focus is a huge obstacle to inner peace. Self-focus is nerve wracking. Christ-focus is comforting.

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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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