Sharing our joy

 I think that I am a bit of an odd mum.  Even when Sam was only little, I was quite happy to let others hold him and enjoy him – I think I was more worried that he would annoy them than that he would get upset to not be with mummy!  I am not sure if it was a “wanting to share the joy of my newborn baby with others” thing so much as a “wanting a break from the screaming child” kind of thing.  

I think most mums actually want to keep their child to themselves, to cuddle, protect and enjoy them selfishly – after all you did create them, carry them for 9 months inside you and go through the trauma of labour to get them!  I have read about mums that don’t even want their partner to help because they just want to enjoy their baby all to themselves.  And this got me thinking – are we a bit like that with God sometimes?

Do we like to revel in our own relationship with God, enjoy reading his word and listening to his voice, walking along with him day by day and selfishly drinking it all in?  There is nothing wrong with investing in your own relationship with God, don’t get me wrong, but you need to remember one important thing:

” He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,
And not only for ours but also for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD” 
1 John 2:2
You see, God doesn’t want us to be selfish with our relationship with Him, because He didn’t just come for us but for everyone!  Let’s zoom out our focus on ourselves and remember that although God does love each of us in a special way and has a unique relationship with us, He also wants to have that with your neighbour, your colleague, that mum you talk to at toddler group.  God sees the bigger picture and we should too.  I don’t want to be a selfish child of God who tries to keep Him all for myself, but I want to be a generous one who shares Him with others. How about you? 

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