How many self-help books would you say are on the market at any given time? Department stores cry out to the new image found as the latest fashion is purchased. One local insurance company in my community has a tag line that reads, “It’s all about you, you, you.” Self-care topics on health, personal happiness, self-fulfillment and self-actualization in the United States must be at an all time high. We can get lost in our television and see ourselves dancing with the stars or one of America’s talents. Culturally somehow we are so easily obsessed with ourselves. In all this our Lord said that the greatest commands ever were to love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
I just returned from a developing nation where simply surviving is a daily task. People asked me for money while others wanted to do a small job so that I would pay them. The end goal was to eat and somehow meet the needs of life for today. School, jobs, health care, books, a computer all out of reach for many of these persons. Once again, I was reminded to my very core that life is not just about me. I felt so selfish and self-protective at times. I felt anger that I lacked compassion at other times. I was concerned about the loss of water and the inconvenience of no electrical service. I once actually found myself thinking about how far behind I will be with email once I return home. Really, Steve?
We [I] have got to stop making ourselves [me] the center of attention. We show love for God by loving others. In the parable of the Great Banquet Jesus said to go find and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame. Who are you called to love today?
2 thoughts on “Our American Culture has an Infatuation with Self-care”
Thank you, Steve, for being so honest and candid. Too often this “infatuation” with self shows up in our expressions faith and even worship. We cannot not say “it’s all about YOU” too much — the reminder is always needed.
Two books that hit this area hard are Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life and Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love. Both of them are so impacting when it comes to the area of self. Thanks for the comments!