Most of us approach Christian living as self-improvement programs. We may desire spiritual growth, but when self-improvement become the center of our focus, rather than Christ, our focus is displaced. We tend to be preoccupied with ourselves instead of with Christ.
Am I growing? Am I getting any better? Am I more Christ-like today? What am I learning?
As we grasp the unconditional love, grace and power of God, then honoring Christ will increasingly be our consuming passion. God wants us to have a healthy self-awareness and to periodically analyze our lives, but He does not want us to be preoccupied with ourselves. The only One worthy of our preoccupation is Christ, our sovereign Lord. ~ Robert McGee
That was my first reaction. Then it was on to the self-improvement program. I’m not ready! I need more! I need more time to become wiser, more time to be more Christ-like. I also wanted more time to lose weight and to have whiter teeth. I became entirely myopic. I was so preoccupied with myself that I lost my focus. My focus on my loved ones and my focus on the One who loves me.