“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “Will there not be peace and security in my lifetime?” (2 Kings 20:19)
We live in a “me” generation where everyone believes that the world revolves around him or her but not around anyone else. “Have it your way!” the Burger King slogan goes. “I’m loving’ it” says McDonald’s. “Indulge” the chocolate commercial entices. The message is very clear: it’s all about you.
The problem when it’s all about me is that I can easily justify just about anything I want to do with little thought of how my actions might affect someone else. Such a mindset is far from the standard God put in place for his people: put others first. Sadly, Hezekiah never learned that lesson. He was consumed with himself to such a degree that he didn’t even mind that his actions would bring harm on future generations – even on his own children!
Whereas Hezekiah might have been remembered as a good king, his legacy is marred by this silly decision to be selfish. Generations after him suffered because of his self-serving lifestyle. When we choose to put our desires in front of the concern we have for others, then we risk the same outcome as Hezekiah did.
But what if we gave up our rights to what we want? What if we began looking to the needs of others? Then we might be remembered for what we added rather than what we took away.
Father, I don’t want to be remembered for being selfish, and I don’t want others to suffer because of my own foolish decisions. Please help me to stay cognizant of the fact that my actions do influence the futures of others, so help me to have the courage to put others first.