Contrary to popular belief in America these days...It is NOT about YOU!
Now, I can say this because it is a struggle for me to overcome as much as anyone else.
Daily, in this country we are made to believe that it IS indeed about us. We are bombarded with media and imagery and radio and literature that all points to one thing...satisfying ourselves.
I often take notice of these things easily in what you could call the "secular world". I notice magazines such as Cosmo, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, etc. all vying for our attention and wanting to make us believe that if we could obtain all the things they say are important, then we will be happy. The same thing with TV. Shows showing the houses of the stars, The Biggest Loser, The Bachelor, and many others, lead us to believe that the things to obtain are physical perfection, a big house, the perfect companion...they want us to believe these things will make us happy.
Now, I can handle the "secular world" putting these ideas out there. What I despise seeing is those who claim to be Christian telling us that self fulfillment is the answer...or that by improving ourselves, we will be happy. It is simply NOT true. Take a look at the following picture that I took on my cell phone in a certain Christian bookstore...
I don't know if you can see the titles to all of these books but the majority of them have the words You, Your, and ME...
My point in writing this is that we need to be intentional about guarding our hearts and minds.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." --Philippians 4:6-7
In reading this I have another thought. In verse 6...the things we are generally anxious about are the things we are seeking to obtain. Are you seeking to obtain a richer life in Christ? Or something that you think will fulfill yourself?
Let God's peace guard your heart and mind...There is nothing more fulfilling!