I have to ask is chocolate involved or not? I guess by now you sense that is my weakness. I have been known to eat more than my share, even someone else’s share. I think things like this. Too much chocolate is bad for them. It would be good if I didn’t leave it for them to stress over. It cost a lot to make; it is a waste to throw it out.
These thoughts sound like a sacrifice on behalf of others but it is really a way for me to selfishly get what I want, which is more chocolate.
Which one falls closest to your life goals? Is it selfishness cleverly disguised as a sacrifice? Others may not notice but God has all the details.
Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8, MSG)
Prayer- Father, forgive us for fooling ourselves into thinking we have sacrificial motives. Amen.