Selfishness vs. Gratitude and What Really Matters
This morning I get online and my feeds all over are blowing up about Whitney Houston, the amazingly talented pop culture star, found dead.
Same reaction whenever any celebrity dies… Amy Whitehouse… Michael Jackson… etc. And the media focuses completely on their death, which is often times the misuse of drugs and alcohol.
It going me thinking… why are people who are so famous, so popular, so wealthy, so well liked, so talented, so sad and lonely and willing to take their life?
Personally, I feel I know why — self. It sounds quite harsh talking about these people once they’re gone and they’d have no way to defend themselves.
I’m not antagonizing them. I’m just pointing out why these things happen. And focusing on self is that reason. Like Dashama Gordon said, we need to be grateful to keep from falling into the path of thinking of self, but to me it’s more than that.
How do we become grateful? And what should we be grateful for?
We become grateful by taking the focus off ourselves and putting it to God. We can be grateful for lots of things: life, friends, family, the natural beauty of this earth, but really only one thing matters and that is our salvation.
It doesn’t get any simpler than that. You might disagree, but that is my revelation.