31 Lessons: 10. On Selfishness and Bravery and the Art of Your Life

Wisdom on not fitting in from Scarlet to Maddie on this week’s episode of Nashville (you can find little lessons everywhere, y’all!):

“You know that’s a big part of what makes you an artist. And it’s a blessing, but it’s also a curse because that is what we do: we feel, very deeply, all of the time. But instead of sneaking out or acting up, the best way for people like us to deal with all them feelings is to write them down.”

Wisdom on brave choices from Lysa Terkeurst’s The Best Yes:

God had given me a gift of this time.
My time. My choice. My approach.
Your time. Your choice. Your approach.

What’s that soul thing for you, that God-honoring thing that keeps slipping away because there’s no time to set aside and actually start?…After all, remember the decisions you make determine the schedule you keep. The schedule you keep determines the life you live. And how you live your life determines how you spend your soul. Those 3.5 hours seem like a reasonable gift right now.

Yikes, I hear the critics’ brakes screeching right here. Right now. They are jumping out of their criticism caravan holding up posters with these verses on them:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:3-7 ESV)

The critics would be wrong to use these verses because Paul wasn’t talking about personal unity but about the unity of the church. Though Paul wasn’t referencing schedules here, I think it’s important to understand this soul thing isn’t about us. It isn’t about selfish ambitions or vain conceits. It’s giving voice to what otherwise just stays a quiet whisper locked inside. It’s about letting out that cry of passion God entrusted to you. It’s about letting it all the way out so as to touch others, help others, and bless others.

To do this soul thing is actually the opposite of selfishness. Keeping it inside with no chance to bless others would be the selfish thing to do. (27-29)

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