What Are You Missing?
Do you sit back after experiencing a frustrating day and think, ‘Man, I’m glad that’s over! I need something to drink or eat. Stat!’, or do you analyze it to try to figure out why it happened and how it taught you something?
I’m a little of both.
I had one of those frustrating days. I was driving in front of a store – waiting to turn into the parking lot. I had to stop (as in forever!) because of two women who were walking s-l-o-w-l-y from their car to the store. I tried to be patient, but they were slower than molasses.
To top it off, they stopped right in front of my car (never even taking the time to look my way). They looked like they were changing their minds and were going to go back to their car. Totally oblivious that they were holding up traffic. How on earth do you not see a car that’s right. there?
Later, when I was leaving the parking lot and turning at a busy intersection, a car pulled out right in front of me. I was inches away from an accident. The EmOtIoNs! I was mad, relieved that we didn’t collide, and so very thankful that I wasn’t distracted or I would probably be writing this from a hospital bed – or maybe I wouldn’t be writing it at all.
Later, when I wasn’t feeling as uptight or frustrated, these thoughts came to mind. How scary is it that we can get so focused on something – or focused on self, that we lose sight of what is around us to the point we don’t see what’s right in front of us. Even worse, we don’t care.
Selfishness: being concerned for self at the expense of others.
I mean, If someone can have something as BIG as a car heading in her direction and not see it, then what else is she missing out on in life?
Heart check – what am I?
Maybe we are missing out on answers to prayer, spending time with friends, blessings, answers to our questions, or opportunities to help others who are right there in front of us, but we’re looking the other way.
Do you see yourself in this scenario?
Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interests of others.”