“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” – 2 Timothy 3:1-2
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3
I know the title of this topic can be misleading in that many of us do not have the welfare of others at heart and so it forces people to just look out for themselves because no one else is looking out for them. However, if we continue on this trend of just looking out for ourselves, it may escalate to negative behaviours.
Arrogance and thinking highly of yourself.
Many of us are so self-centered that it reaches a point of being arrogant especially if we hold a powerful position or have wealth. When we become arrogant, we begin to think highly of ourselves and quite frankly we are not as important as we think we are. If we think this way, we may only want to associate with certain people and scorn those who are considered at the “bottom” class.
When we focused on ourselves, sometimes we will do anything to get what we want even if it means hurting others in the process. For example, you may be competing for a position and because you want that position so badly, you will do all you can to ensure that the other person does not get it either by spreading rumors about that person or even trying to hurt others physically.
Leaving others other
Because we focused so much on ourselves, we may end up leaving the very people we were made to look for out behind. For instance, some politicians may be so caught up in themselves, they end up forgetting about the people that voted for them. Some parents may be so caught up focusing on themselves that they end up leaving out their spouse and children. Because some of us are so caught up with ourselves, we do not have the time and energy to help others in the community and the community needs so much help.
Focusing less on God
Many of us are so focused on ourselves till it reaches a point whereby we are so busy working most of the day and every day to make more money or to meet our goals. However, in doing so, we end up spending less time focusing on God. The word of the Lord says seek ye first the Kingdom of God but we are too busy seeking the things of the world and focusing on ourselves.
There is nothing wrong with looking out for yourself but don’t become too preoccupied with yourself that you forget the needs of others. The thing is you may need the help of others in the future but if you are known to be self-centered many people will not want to help you because they will remember your actions of the past.