Stress and Selfishness

Philippians 2:3, 14-15 NLT

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

What a reminder and a rebuke for me. Since the time my folks went to visit and are staying with us, stress has been mounting atop our already stressful situation. Almost constant little things that keeps on piling up eventually will get you – and it did.

Now, my wife and I are sleeping less and skirmishes are frequent over little things. Patience has been running thin. With so many reasons that brush us off, stress is just hard to manage and we’re very close to blow off our steam at each other. Pressures on all sides are squeezing dry our being nice, accomodating, and considerate.

Yet we are reminded not to be selfish and to be humble. To put others above our own interests.. I am thankful that God is the main thing in our all. He is the source of our strength. He is our hope.

Thank you Lord Jesus. I know I am selfish beyond what I can admit. I know I get stressed out easily than most people. But because of you, I am able. Because of you, I am renewed.