First of all, it is a lie. As adults we know that world doesn’t really revolve around us, no matter how much we want it to. To pretend that it does is denying the truth…and when we communicate this to our children, we are lying to them as well.
Secondly, it prevents us from moving into a more mature developmental stage. The “It’s All About Me” attitude is considered to be part of Piaget’s egocentric developmental stage, which we should have mostly overcome no later than age 12. Even six-year olds can put their own interests aside for a while and “walk” in someone else’s shoes.
Finally (and most importantly), it goes against everything that God expects of us.
I love that phrase…”For I am among you as one who serves.”
Selfishness is a huge struggle for me. If I’m honest with myself, I admit that I am an extremely selfish person. And it makes it even harder when the society we live in condones it! I don’t want my children to think this sinful behavior is “okay” because they see me exemplifying my own selfish ambition day after day!
I’m semi-dreading the next few weeks because our “sacred” family time on Saturdays will be nonexistent for the next 3 weeks. Prince Charming has commitments and I’ve got a bad attitude. “What about me? When do I get a break? What about our family time?” are all questions I’ve asked Prince Charming this week. Just typing this out makes me disgusted with myself. No wonder I feel like my house is in disorder, I’ve been a little too consumed with my self…
My prayer this week is that God will help me to get over myself, stop whining, start having a thankful attitude and most of all, start thinking about others before myself! Because after all, it’s not all about me…