No matter who you are or how long you have been doing youth ministry, every one of us has experienced disappointment, discouragement and questions like “Am I doing a good job? Am I doing this right? Am I the right one for the job?” It is natural for us to look outside ourselves for affirmation, to look to others to judge our worth and to give us the strength we need to continue. Recently watching the 2012 Olympics in London and hearing all the world class athletes share their stories, I realized that what really makes them so good at what they do all goes back to one thing – they have an “all about me” attitude.
Up front when we hear quotes and sayings about me, we immediately think of it as something negative.
Me Defined as: the term used to describe oneself.
I’ll admit, we live in a self-centered world. No one else really counts – it’s a “me, myself and I” world.
But the question is, what does God have to say about me making it all about me? I think some will be surprised with what he says.
Psalms 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Colossians 1:22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
When my identity or my image of myself is shaped around my identity in Christ, it’s not me being self-centered or arrogant. It’s me being confident in God in my life.
Here is the one thing you need to know. The God in me determines who I will be.
- Not about the people you know
- Not about the title you hold
- Not about how relevant you are
This kind of thinking grows into a lifestyle of arrogance. Arrogance is a turn off and a sin in the eyes of God.
The Me I See
When you take a look at yourself, when you think about yourself, what do you see?
The me I see and the me I want to be can’t be determined by what’s on the outside.
Psalms 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.
The success of those Olympians cannot be determined by how they please the crowd, but by how focused they are on improving what is on the inside. The same is true of us. It doesn’t matter what kind of feedback you get from the outside if you know that God has called to the position you are in. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get the full support of those you think you should. It doesn’t matter if a kid tells you “I don’t like your preaching.” Confidence in ourselves is found when we are confident in God and his plan for our lives. As leaders among this generation, it’s our job to make it all about everyone else. But it’s okay from time to time to make it all about me.