Friday, February 20, 2015
Full On Narcissist
The other day I was stewing a bit over a made up scenario in my head involving a friend. Mind you, it wasn't even a real scenario, but I was getting indignant anyway. I just knew I was right, and that Friend A had done something nice for Friend B; something that neither had ever even offered to do for me...
Again, imaginary scenario that I decided must have happened that day based on shoddy evidence I had gathered. I was basically back in jr. high school in my head (and maturity level). It was a tad pathetic.
Have you ever been there? Decided that just because someone did not do something that you would have done, they must be snubbing you? Did it hurt?
It occurred to me right that very minute that perhaps the act of service I was stewing about (again, alleged) was not even an act of service that Friend B would have ever thought about offering. After all, we all are not created to serve in the same way. It wasn't even something I have ever needed, yet I felt slighted not getting it? No wonder we need Christ's humility as an example. I was in full on narcissism mode. Wince.
I have friends that would move heaven and earth to help me figure out logistics in my day. I have others who are great listeners. I have some who love me enough to tell me when I am being too snarky, silly, or sensitive. I even have one that will cover all those bases. I can't even fill all those roles for someone else myself, but my friends take me for what I can offer. They love me where I am.
So perhaps the next time that cheeky, immature, bratty version of me gets indignant over what someone else doesn't do, she will instead be grateful for all the other things they have done and will do, and humble herself a little. And love them right where they are. Isn't that what Christ did for us?