You, me, and HarmonyPayton Foeller
This metaphor can play out in a variety of scenarios. Whether it be in your marriage, your life as a parent, or maybe in a similar church or work situation. Maybe you feel you got married and ‘lost yourself.’ Or had kids and gave yourself away freely. Maybe it’s your job or volunteer work you do that requires you serve in the background. Of course, you love what you do, but understandably on occasion, you long for the spot light, or maybe just a little more recognition. To you, and to myself, I say.. what’s your motivation? Dig a little deeper girl.
Take this quote from Victoria Osteen for example.. “when we obey God we’re not doing it for God — I mean that’s one way to look at it,” she said from the pulpit. “We’re doing it for ourselves because God takes pleasure when were happy.” Did I say take that for example? I meant to take it and realize the opposite is true. God gives us instructions and gifts that don’t always make us happy. When we obey God we’re doing it because He asked something of us (*ahem* we’re doing it for God) and He has done immeasurably more for us than we could ever do for Him (<<<and that is why). We should be more concerned with the kingdom than our own happiness. Now, I understand her sentiment… I think… By obeying God and acting according to our gifts we can find true joy and purpose. But that is a gift from God, not an achievement of our own doing.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
There are plenty of other verses that echo the same idea. Live in ‘harmony’ with one another! How funny is that? Not melody! Harrrmonnnyy. I find in working with our praise team that we sound best when everyone focuses on doing their part to blend together. When our different voices meld together it sounds amazing and the song stands out rather than the singer.
In marriages, parenting, churches, the church as a whole, when we try to outshine one another we take the focus from the main event. When we get pouty about not getting enough recognition it means we’re forgetting why we’re here on earth. Take a second and check your pulse… If you’re still breathing then there’s still work to be done by you!
We must constantly work to keep ourselves in check. However often it takes, I must remind myself that I am not the center of the universe. I’m not the center of the world. I’m not even a speck on the center of the universe. I would do well to remember that when I do what needs to be done, even if it’s not fun or doesn’t make me ‘happy,’ it’s serving the Lord! How neat is that! When I take care of my tiny human I’m serving the Lord. When I change her stinky butt or rock her to sleep as she fights and squirms; when I do the dishes and work to keep a clean and comfortable home for my family; when I sing Back Up; when I write out my experiences for you all to read! And the list goes on and on and on.