Monday, November 1, 2010

Outside My Own Little World

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I've come to the conclusion that I'm pretty selfish. As much as I try to think otherwise, I fall into the trap of thinking the world revolves around me. If things don't go the way I expect I feel depressed and down. When things are going my way I feel great!

There is a song by Matthew West called, "Outside My Own Little World" (you can listen to it by clicking on the link) that really has struck a chord with me.

In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I’ve never gone hungry and always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket shoes on my feet
In my own little world
Population me

I try to stay awake through the Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give ’til it hurts
and I turn off the news when I don’t like what I see
it’s easy to do when it’s
population me


Isn't this so true of many of us? We go through the motions but never really try to see things as God sees them.

What if there’s a bigger picture
what if I’m missing out
What if there’s a greater purpose
I could be living right now
outside my own little world


I truly long to find the bigger picture, but I can get so lost in the details and distractions of daily life that I forget to keep looking out for the greater purpose to my life.

Stopped at the red light, looked out my window
Outside the car, saw a sign, said “Help this homeless widow”
Just above this sign was the face of a human
I thought to myself, “God, what have I been doing?”

So I rolled down my window and I looked her in the eye
Oh how many times have I just passed her by
I gave her some money then I drove on through
in my own little world there’s
Population two

What if there’s a bigger picture
what if I’m missing out
What if there’s a greater purpose
I could be living right now

outside my own little world


When Dan & I first came here as church planters it was easy to see the bigger picture. It was easy to feel like we had a purpose. However, after eight years and a church merge which is no longer considered a church plant, it's easy to lose sight of why we are here.

We spend so much energy just thinking about how we are going to pay the bills, or things like planning services and programs that we temporarily forget the bigger picture.

Start breaking my heart for what breaks Yours
give me open hands and open doors
put Your light in my eyes and let me see
that my own little world is not about me


This is my prayer. That I would be reminded that it's not about me. That God would help me to see people through His eyes. That he would use me as a tool in His hand to bring others to Him.

I need to start looking outside my little world.