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 One thing about God that never ceases to amaze me is the choices he makes. God chooses whom he chooses, and often that’s not the strongest, the best looking, the smartest, the most capable, the most gifted, or even the most righteous. [Tweet this]

In fact, what this reminds us is that it’s not about me or you at all. It’s all about God! Remember, in the beginning God.

Yet sometimes it’s as if God has to shake me to remind me of this foundational truth.

A while back, I was having a particularly rough day. At the end of a long, grumpy afternoon, I laced up my tennis shoes and headed out the door for a run. I needed to vent, and God was the best option. I spent most of the two-mile trail around my home expressing an entire grocery list of complaints.

The Bible says we’re supposed to offer up our concerns to God, so I thought I’d super-size my offering. I poured out my heart in what became a thirty-minute gripe fest. As I rounded the final turn toward the driveway, I ended my tirade with a groan that resembled more of a “So there!” than an “Amen.”

As I watched the pebbles on the road to ensure I didn’t slip, I remember one thought flooded my mind, It’s not about you.

The thought was so loud and clear I knew it was God. And to be honest, they weren’t words I wanted to hear. God was reminding me that all my concerns and complaints, all my grumpiness was centered on one person: me.

Over the next few days, It’s not about you, rolled through my mind and spirit. I felt conviction, the invitation of God’s Spirit to change my attitude and behavior. I repented for becoming so self-focused. I began praying, God help me see things as you see them. Help me to love others as you love them.

Though that day is long gone, the words God whispered in my heart often revisit me. It’s not about you.

That truth is so simple, so foundational, yet so easy to forget. But whenever we slip into the mindset or attitude that it’s all about us, we become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

Nowhere is this more true than in the story of Jacob. Throughout much of his journey, it was all about Jacob and whenever he believed this and acted on it, he created all kinds of problems.

What difficulties are you facing in your life? What conflicts do you find in your workplace, your family, or among your friends? Could it be that God is using these, like he did with Jacob, as a gentle reminder that it’s not about you and cause you to grow and experience the transforming power of God in your life?

This week we dove into Genesis 28-36.

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  • What disciplines or spiritual practices have you developed to help you think about others first?

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