Have you ever felt that you give support and concern to those around you; but never seem to get it in return?
It's an area that I struggle with. Around a year ago my employer had all of us take a personality quiz and then we had some group discussions. It was very eye opening experience, to say the least. I remember having the same personality label (do not like this word but cannot think of the exact term they used) as a person who swore we were so different. I was very amused by this. I also remember finding that some folks I had not found a way to relate too, were total opposite of me. This made sense to me and was a good learning experience.
There was one part of the character profile I was given that hit a little to close to home. It was mentioned that with this personality you are always giving and want to make others feel better, BUT....... HERE IT COMES...... you get upset when it's not reciprocated or others do not return the favor to you. OUCH!!! It is true, I do get frustrated when some folks that I have been encouraging or concerned about when they are sick or stressed; cannot even give me a bit of concern when I am sick or stressed. Maybe I notice it
more as I am single and am so blessed when someone reaches out to me or just gives me a listening ear. (side note-- I do have one dear friend who is the first to call or give me encouraging word when I need it. Thanks B!!)
So here is where the CONVICTION hits.....
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:-4 NASB
So I need to remember this when I get in my "Woe is me" place and remember the scriptures reminder to stop thinking of ourselves but to look for the interest of others. So I have part of it worked out and need to have the Holy Spirit help me with the other.. Please do so Lord...
Ending note of thanks to Joanne and Pat for your scripture knowledge. God bless ya Gals!!