Sunrise. I woke up facing the window in my daughter’s bedroom. Her condo is up on the 5th floor and my eyes fluttered open to see townhomes in the distance and treetops with a halo of sunshine. I am a West Coast girl who treasures a spectacular sunset in the west and so I thought of how special it was that now, being on the East Coast, I was able to see the sunrise in the east. In my sleepy haze, I thought, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. In the past I have been known to confuse myself and get that backwards at times, but let’s just keep that between us. And then it occurred to me – the sun doesn’t rise or set at all. Didn’t Galileo show us that the earth was not the center of the universe? The sun is stationary, the same, unmoving and it is we, tiny earthlings, who revolve around it. And yet we say, “What time is sunrise today?” “Let’s go watch the sunset!” I can hear you now, “Well, what are we supposed to say, huh??” Don’t know. And I am not going to get all astronomical on you, because I don’t have the intelligence for that. But wouldn’t it seem that in the 400 plus years since we first realized that the earth revolves around the sun, we could have come up with a more accurate statement than “the sun rises in the east and sets in the west”? Haven’t we evolved beyond that?
Perhaps not. Because, if we are being honest, it really is all about us, isn’t it? It’s our nature to believe that the world revolves around us, as we once believed the sun revolved around the earth. I like to think that I have matured beyond being a two year old, but sometimes I wonder. How often do my thoughts go this way (please read with emotion with emphasis on the italicized words): That person offended me. I got my feelings hurt. That sales clerk took forever to take my order. Isn’t anyone going to come over and help me? My husband doesn’t understand me. My family doesn’t appreciate me. I’m worth more than that. What about my dreams? Why do I have to wait? And that could be just one day – maybe even one hour.
A friend of mine recently went to a Tobie Keith concert and he said he really loved one of his songs entitled, I Wanna Talk About Me. Oh, I know the song, and since he mentioned it about a week or so ago, I can’t get it out of my head.
I wanna talk about talk about me, I wanna talk about I, I wanna talk about number one, oh my, me, my, What I think, what I know, what I like, what I want, what I see….you get the idea.
If you get a chance, look up the lyrics. They are very funny, in an “ouch” kind of way. Am I that self-focused? Is it really all about me? I know I should be others focused; am I not doing a good job with that? After all, my own pastor, Rick Warren, said “It’s not about me” in the opening line of his book, The Purpose Driven Life. But the author of life has said it so much better.
Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
How I wish that I could say I lived this verse consistently every minute of every day. One call to my husband will reveal that is not the case. Life is a process. This is one of my favorite things to say, and as I get older I realize it is a never-ending refining process. So for today, I will try to be more others focused. I will try to remember that the sun does not revolve around the earth. The Son is constant – the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. That the world does not revolve around me. That instead, my world should revolve around the Son. How about you?