From Our Chaplain
Is it Really All about Me?
Have you ever seen a child’s eyes light up as they listen to a story or transform a block into a high-flying airplane? Watching children grow up is fascinating and fun, but there is another side that you may have seen too.
At around age 2 or 3, children start to say “Mine!” when you take away a toy and “Me!” when they want to go first. Toddlers don’t learn this from watching their Parents or Guardians because all children do it.
As we grow older, we learn to disguise selfishness. But if we are making decisions based on what makes us feel good or holding on to what we think is ours, we are living with a toddler’s mindset.
Colossians is a letter, originally written to the Church in Colossae. The Author, Paul, reminds that the Church that believing in Jesus and following Him means no longer living for ourselves. Our lives have shifted from being all about what we want and what we desire, to what God wants and desires.
It doesn’t matter where a person comes from, what language he or she speaks, or the amount of money he or she makes (Colossians 3:11). All that matters is Jesus. And if we are living for Jesus, that’s all that should matter to us.
Instead of worrying about how we look or what others think, we are to wear “Compassion, Kindness, Humility, Gentleness and Patience” (Colossians 3:12). But above all else, we are to put on love.
To put something on is a choice. Just as we choose to put on a coat when it’s cold or a rain jacket when it’s raining, we must choose to put on love. Without love, our lives are like that of a toddler, focused on ourselves and what we feel is ours. It is in Jesus’ love, and us putting on His love, that we can experience uncommon unity and peace.
What is one-way that pursing love leads to unity?
Do you find yourself putting on Love, Compassion, Kindness, and Gentleness? Or do you find yourself holding tightly to what is yours and demanding to be first?
Colossians 3:12-14 explains how we can clothe ourselves to reflect Jesus to others. As you get ready for your day, ask God to clothe you with these things as well.
Pray for One Another as I will do for you!
Your Friend and Brother,
Chaplain Chairman, 2021