"Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise thee." Psalm 63:3
I was reading an article on narcissism the other day and found it interesting that as a child, often times the narcissist was highly praised for his or her achievements. Because of his talents or giftedness, he was admired. As a child, he began to sense that he was not loved for who he is but for what he does. Therefore, he became highly concerned about his image. In essence, he became a human doing rather than a human being.
Isn't that what we as a society have reduced God to these days? We live focusing on what God is going to do rather than who God is. Or additionally, what we can do for God rather than who we are in Christ. Have we allowed ourselves to become narcissistic Christians?
Lord, my lips will praise You because of who you are. I am incredibly thankful for what you have done for me and the grace and mercy you display every day because of who You are. Thank you for your lovingkindness. Thank you for loving me in spite of myself. It's because of Your love that I live and move and breathe. My prayer is for more of You and You alone in a world and a nature that tries to convince me that it's all about me.