“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty." Matthew 23:11-12 (MSG) These verses really hit me hard this week. Being content as being yourself is one of the hardest struggles I think most of us face. The way we are wired is to be seen. When we are given jobs or tasks and do them well we want everyone to know that we did them. It's just normal for us to want to be recognized for our work and jobs that we have done well. You see no one wants to be underappreciated or overlooked. We all want to get the glamorous or noticed jobs. I know for me personally, I've struggled with getting stuck with the messy or not so great tasks. I've probably complained or grumbled more than I'd like to admit. I love how in Matthew it talks about not letting your ego and pride get in the way. If you let it consume you and you start acting like you are better than anybody else it will come back to kick you in the butt. It will just set you up for disappointment.
I'm so excited! Today we are launching the first week of our book club. For the next 11 weeks, we will be reading and will be discussing the book Unseen by Sara Hagerty. Throughout this book, my prayer is that we will all be going on this journey together. In the pages of Unseen, we will be reading and learning the gift of being hidden. Many of us know the struggle well. The word we live in today is all about me, me, me and loves the attention. In reality and truth though, God wants us to pour into Him. So will you join me? Let's get started!
I'm super excited about what's coming starting next week right here on the blog. After some thought and a lot of prayers I thought it would be fun to start a book club. One thing that I love is reading books that point to God or that have a foundation of Biblical truths. Right here on the blog, I will be posting an article on what I learned and how we can apply what we read in that week's chapter. There will also be a few discussion questions along with scriptures to dig farther into God's Word. Some weeks there will be combined chapters but that's because they are shorter so I thought it would be okay to read two some weeks. That way we will wrap up this book club in 10 weeks instead of 13 weeks.