It’s An Epidemic {I’ve Got Your Remedy!}


LLFC Logo{Living Life Fully Committed} is impossible isn’t it? Because we fail, we get lazy, we just don’t want to put in the work, and well, we can’t do it all.

The pressure’s on. The demands are many. The stakes are high. The time flies by. The resources dwindle. The kids are calling. The husband’s waiting. The friend is in need. The bills are piling.

And ugh! Just thinking about it all makes me want to crawl back in bed.

Who has time for serving others? (Sound familiar?)

Diagnosis: WIIFM? Syndrome

People are feeling run down and exhausted. Busyness consumes them. There’s never enough time for anything. The results: an epidemic in our society, WIIFM? (What’s In It For Me?) Syndrome.

Some of the patterns and symptoms characterized with this epidemic include:

  1. Serving only when (and if) it benefits us.
  2. Becoming quickly offended when work is not recognized.
  3. Becoming critical of those in authority over us.
  4. Decrease in interpersonal relationships.
  5. Jealousy.
  6. Envy.
  7. Rebellion and apathy.
  8. Inconsistency.
  9. Lack of ownership and responsibility.
  10. Anger when not acknowledged.

 

The Remedy

Back to our question: {Living Life Fully Committed} is impossible isn’t it?

What if we lived life with a heart fully committed to God (2 Chron. 16:9)? What is the heart of God regarding our service to others?

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ,
if his love has made any difference in your life,
if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you,
if you have a heart,
if you care— then do me a favor:
Agree with each other,
love each other,
be deep-spirited friends.
Don’t push your way to the front;
don’t sweet-talk your way to the top.
Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.
Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage.
Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

(Philippians 2:1-4, The Message)

 

Change Your Perspective

My friend don’t get all bent out of shape if you suffer from the WIIFM? Syndrome. There’s good news. God has given us the remedy to our selfish ways and ambitions. Some of us didn’t even know we suffered from this until the Word of God confronted us. Now all the excuses, previously made to justify lack of service, become null. They’re invalid.

God’s heart is for us to care, for us to love, for us to be in community, for us to serve. Therefore, we should step in line with a heart that reflects the same. How do we do this? Glad you asked!

First, we pray. There are things we don’t have the power to change. Only the Holy Spirit, at work within us, can transform and renew us. Ask God to give you his heart, a heart for the people.

Then, change your perspective. Instead of asking What’s in it for me?, begin asking-

 

How can I contribute?

How can I contribute to this relationship?

How can I contribute to this event?

How can I contribute to this organization?

How can I contribute to this group?

How can I contribute to the body of Christ?

Changing your perspective with this simple question takes the focus off of you and it puts the focus on using your gifts and talents to serve others. It takes the pressure out of performance and selfish-driven service, allowing us to operate with the heart of Christ.

 

Today’s Challenge

Check your emotions. Are you experiencing some of the symptoms of the WIIFM Syndrome? If so, it’s time to repent allowing God to change your heart, and change your perspective.

Write a list of all the ways you serve. Then, ask God to show you the gifts and talents He’s given you to contribute.

An example list might look like:

  1. Marriage: I can contribute my gifts and talents to my marriage by …
  2. Parenting: I can contribute my gifts and talents in my parenting by …
  3. Relationships: I can contribute my gifts and talents in my relationships by …
  4. Church: I can contribute my gifts and talents in my church by …

This simple assignment will help us serve others with a heart fully committed to God. It will become less about us, and more about using the gifts and talents given to us to advance and serve in the kingdom of God.

Have you experienced any of these symptoms? Do you see how changing your perspective can make a difference? Leave me your comments below; I would love to hear from you.

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Posted on February 14, 2013, in 2013 {Live Life Fully Committed} Challenge, DAILY LIFE, DEVOTIONALS, FAMILY LIFE, LIFE, LIFE LESSONS, Our Christian Walk, SPIRITUAL GROWTH and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Excellent post, D! I’ve always thought that you can’t think about and serve yourself if you are serving others first! Thanks for sharing – I need to remember to contribute more often. =)

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