I have been hearing the message over and over again lately - this life is not about me. This life is about making the most of what God gave me to do His work. It is about others - taking care of their needs, showing love and compassion and mercy at every turn.
Alison Littauer quoted a "dead guy" in a talk she gave, saying that even in the church, "self" is an issue. "The self can survive at the very altar, and watch the bleeding victim die, completely unmoved."
Oh, that I might not live that way - in service to self, in ignorance of my fellow man, in rebellion against my God!