“…I was afraid that God would take me up on the idea of taking from me and giving to my friend…”

Help me Lord, to put others FIRST....

Help me Lord, to put others FIRST….

While taking a shower this morning….it suddenly hit me…..”I LOVE my self.” I was totally unprepared for that revelation. For several weeks, I’ve had a lingering idea that I was working on for this website. I’ve written it several different ways; even dividing it into two totally different subjects…and still…just can’t get it to a point that I would want to share it with you. But, this morning…. It all became clear. We all know Mark 12:30-31AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ “The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” I thought that I understood the meaning, but frankly, because… I’ve NEVER considered “loving myself” as an alternative.  My brain just doesn’t work that way.  I’ve questioned it of my Bible-Study friends, and have never, until this morning, gotten a hold on what Jesus was saying….to me.  My wife…too often, tells me…“you’re always thinking too much of yourself… bah bah bah…same ole stuff.  What?  I’ve always denied it… until now.  Again, I should have been listening to her… she’s right…as always.  I’ve ALWAYS thought that I put others first in my life….always …and me…last.  It’s simply not true, and today I realize it.  I’ve been praying about a friend who is in very dire straits.  I’ve asked God to intervene…. To rescue him… maybe even… to take from me, and give to him.  You know… like the government does.  But, I thought…WAIT…God might grant that prayer, and literally take from me, and give to him.  Did I really want that?  I failed the test! It’s the same thing that the rich man asked Jesus…what do I have to do to follow you? Jesus said…sell all that you have and give the proceeds to the poor. The man was very rich, and was sickened of the prospects, so he left… doing nothing. That’s me. I was afraid that God would take me up on the idea of taking from me and giving to my friend. I was thinking of myself. NOW…for the REVELATION. If I substituted, for a moment, the word…THINK, instead of LOVE, I realized my wife is correct. To THINK of myself…is to LOVE myself. I’m GUILTY…as charged. Maybe it’s the survival instinct? Is it me, or is it just human nature? I still think of myself as putting other’s first, but now, at least, I see a “crack” in my defense. I’m human. I’m guilty. I see, now, what Jesus was talking about. He was saying…Think of other’s first… think of them, as you would think of yourself. Now, when I think of LOVE, in the Godly sense; I fully understand what Jesus is telling me. I LOVE you Jesus… help me to LOVE, and to THINK of others FIRST. Blessings…cjlb… 7/12/14.

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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