Michele Corgiat
marriage and family therapist
The religion of "Me"
by Michele Corgiat on May 6th, 2016

Recently, a pastor at my church began his sermon by reading a passage from "The Secret".  A wildly popular book that came out within the past decade, in which readers were told that they were the center of the universe and the world could not exist without them.  It reads like a worship song, however it is not towards God, but towards the self.    Oprah Winfrey touted this book as a new philosophy of life, however, it is actually a really old thought.  A thought that originated in the beginning of time.  We each battle within ourselves the yearning to do "what's right for me".  We avoid things and feelings of discomfort, demand to be pleased by others, and struggle with  NOT being the center of the universe.  It is our sinful nature that we battle.  Eve was a great example in Genesis 3 when the serpent tempted her to eat from a forbidden tree.

“We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

We are not unlike Eve in our quest to have our desires met, have wisdom, and be worshiped by others.  We see...we like...we want....and we get, no matter the consequence.  Take a look at our credit card debts, sky rocketing mortgages, and demands we place on service providers we come into contact with.   Let's then consider the trend of the "Selfie" and the desire to go "viral" on social media.  We want to be followed by others only "because" of who we are.   

I know that this may stretch you a bit, but imagine with me, if you will, a life where we are not focused on what "I" can get for "myself" but what God desires for us in serving Him and in turn, having servant hearts towards others.   CRAZY!!!! Right????  And what would happen in our world if we all began to worship the true and living God instead of fame, riches and glory for ourselves.  It would be UNIMAGINABLE!!!!  The blessings that God would bestow on us would be indescribable.  BUT WAIT!!!!  This is not out of our reach!  It's not impossible but we have to make a choice.  Just like Eve had a choice, so do we!  

What do you choose?

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