That guy above is Francis Chan. Not exactly what you conjure up in your mind when you think pastor huh? Well, that guy has radically changed my family. How we look at things. At life. A while back, maybe even as far back as 2008, he did a sermon while at Cornerstone Church about The Greatest Love of All. Do you remember that song? By Whitney Houston? At the end of the song she sings that the greatest love of all is "learning to love yourself." Really? I couldn't agree more with Mr. Chan that loving myself is not something I struggle to do. It just kind of happens. ALL the time. Donald Miller put it like this, "my radio station was permanently set to K-DON. All Don, all the time."
It's the thinking of others that's hard. When I wake up I don't think, "I wonder what my husband would like to eat for breakfast today." Or, "I wonder what all the kiddos without shelter or food are doing right now." My typical thoughts are, "ugghh, if I could just sleep a little longer. I hope my sweet hubs has made coffee for me. Do I have any new pimples today?" You get where I'm going with this. My thoughts of self are consuming. So I'm gonna do a little doubling up on challenges this week. Friday's will come later, like Friday. But I wanted to let others know, so you can join me now if you'd like, that I will be thinking of others this week and praying for them.
I also saw this Starbucks cup here - Yup, it's a real Starbucks cup, that almost made me fall out of my chair. It's so fitting for this post.
Mr. Warren is right, "Focusing on yourself will never reveal your purpose."
Here are some links that might spark some thoughts for others:
Have a wonderful day changing your internal radio station from self to others. xo