“It’s not about me.” Ever since I accepted Jesus in my life, I realized that I don’t live in this world for the sole purpose of making everything revolve around me. Sure, I have some occasional desires of fame and fortune, but ultimately I know that this life is not for my own sake but for God’s.
The statement is also a title of Max Lucado’s book about being rescued “from the life we though would make us happy.” I have only read the first few pages after buying the book in OMF Lit’s recent Incredibulk Sale. I’m writing this article as a response to what I learned today about putting myself off-center.
The universe is as grand as it looks today, but centuries ago, Ptolemy convinced everyone that Earth was the center of the universe. It wasn’t until 1543 when Nicolaus Copernicus disproved the theory and said that it was the sun where everything — including our world — revolves.
This is a very vivid analogy of how people perceive themselves in this world. The Ptolemy principle of putting ourselves as the central piece in this life creates imbalance and disconnect. Why, you ask? If everyone thought about their individual selves, how in the world will there be harmony? Instead of us being individual planets circling around a central sun, we would all be standing still, waiting for something or someone to revolve around us. In contrast, with the sun being the center of the solar system, all of the eight planets (with Pluto already kicked out) harmoniously revolve around this vast source of light.
God reminded me today that I am not the center of it all; Jesus is. I am not the sun; Jesus is the Son. Everything revolves around Him, including everything that I hold dear.
Another realization that came upon me today was the beauty and mystery of the moon. I’m not talking about how it creates a romantic mood or a werewolf transformation. The moon is practically a gigantic inert piece of rock floating around the Earth. It doesn’t mind circling around our world, and it doesn’t crave for any special attention. It’s just there, doing what it’s supposed to do. However, when this piece of rock sees the sun, it reflects light to the earth during its darkest moments.
This visual imagery of the moon is an exemplary inspiration on how I should live my life. By myself, I am useless. But when I see Jesus at the center, I am able to capture His light and spread it to others.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
I want to be that moon, floating around and reflecting the light that comes from the central sun that is Jesus.