“I wish everyone would think the same as I do.”
I’ve thought this very thing so many times! I’ve said it with friends. We’ve joked about it. “If everyone would just think like us, the world would be a better place.”
Of course on my better days, when I’m seeing the world through the eyes of Christ and living through the power of the Spirit, that’s true. But in those better days, I’d never think that.
When I’m thinking, “I wish everyone would think the same as I do,” I’m being selfish. I’m being narcissistic. I’m thinking only of myself, my desires, my wants, my rights. And I’m not thinking of anyone else.
The ironic thing is that when I’m saying that and thinking that… I’m getting exactly what I want. Everyone IS thinking exactly the same as I am! Everyone else is thinking of what they want, their desires, their rights… and no one else.
I know what that feels like. Whenever I’ve been thinking, “I wish everyone would think the same as I do”… I’M NOT HAPPY. I’m not at peace. I’m not being loving. I’m not feeling loved. And that is NOT a world I want to be in! I’m getting my wish… Everyone is thinking alike… and nobody’s happy. Nobody’s at peace. Nobody’s being loving. No one’s feeling loved.
Hear me carefully… I’m not suggesting it’s all about being happy, feeling good, etc. But joy, love and peace are always evidence of God’s good work in us.
On my better days… on my days where I’m seeing, thinking and living through the work of my Father God, His Son, my brother Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I find myself thinking, what is the other person thinking/feeling? What would benefit the other person? What would God have me say or do in this situation or conversation? What does God want me to hear here and now?
I find that, as illogical, counter-intuitive, and bassakwards as that is… that’s when I feel peace, joy and life that never runs dry.
Let me never wish for everyone to think like me again. Let us all, everyone of us strive to think like you. Always. And let our mindsets be a beginning point of your Light shining into our worlds, glorifying you so much more than we see now.