As a child, you may remember receiving an ice cream cone on a sweltering summer day. Jumping up and down in excitement with the other children, you probably shouted “me first,” anticipating the sweet pleasure of a refreshing treat.
Perhaps, you recall anxiously waiting to be chosen for a baseball team at recess. The two captains took turns picking their favorites. Competition was fierce and they each wanted to get the strongest athletes for their team. To attract attention, you vigorously waved your arms and screamed, “Pick me, pick me, “I’m a good hitter, I’m a fast runner.”
“Me first” thinking is typical for a child. “Others first” comes later with maturity.
Strangely though as I matured, “me first” did a total switch on me. It rapidly turned into doing the hard stuff — the stuff for which no one waved their arms and jumped up and down yelling “me first.”
I wish I could say that when my babies cried to be fed in the night I always turned to my husband and said “me first.”
Nor, have I always wanted to say “me first” when a friend needed to be driven to an appointment or was without a babysitter for her children.
Surely, I cannot tell you that I always considered my own faults (“me first”) before finding fault in others and I have often given advice freely without heeding it myself first.
On the other hand, I sometimes find “me first” thinking to be entirely appropriate and even wise…
First responders are taught “me first” safety rules. They learn that when they assist accident victims, they must first check the scene to determine if it is safe for them to enter. Mamed responders are of no help to victims.
Young mothers must take care of themselves first so they can meet the needs of their children. As a seventy-two year old grandmother raising an energetic teenager, I tire easily. Just yesterday, I had to say “me first” and take a nap rather than going to the mall.
“Me first” thinking can have both positive and negative implications. Nevertheless, what is most meaningful to me is when my Creator beckons me each morning and says, “ME FIRST.”
“But, seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)