My youngest children are growing up with memes. They’ve seen the latest and even know how to generate them. I’m over here just trying to figure out the difference between a meme and a gif, uploading and downloading, and the reason why my “cloud” lacks adequate space. But, memes. In the slim chance that you don’t know what a meme is, it’s “a humorous image, video, text that is spread rapidly by internet users”. Most of the memes that cross my social media newsfeed are trendy and trite, but occasionally one is catchy enough to stick with me for a few days. Such is the case with one I saw last week:
When you walk into a room, are you the kind of person who says, “Here I am!” or “There you are!”?
I think the reason I liked this meme is that it challenged my status quo. Would any of us admit to thinking “Here I am, everyone!” when walking into a room? And yet, I know this can be deep within my heart. Consider the following questions to examine your heart too:
Do I need to be the life of the party? If so, why?
Does selfish thinking mark me as a person?
Do I get upset when others don’t notice me, include me, or reach out to me first?
Even if we’re quiet and wish to be inconspicuous, our hearts may reveal a deep desire to be noticed by someone, anyone. Whether we’re vying to be the center of attention or content as a wallflower, where is our heart—fixed on self or others?
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
As we follow Jesus’ example here, we will grow in looking more outward than inward, setting our agenda and glory aside, and esteeming others (wanting the best for others more than for ourselves).
Next time you walk into a room–at church, work, or even at home, I encourage you (and I’m preaching to myself here too) to reach out to a new person, see how you can serve and bless someone at home, or set your thoughts aside and really listen to another person’s opinion or desires. How very counter-cultural, and God-magnifying, to be that person who says, “There you are” in a “Here I am” world.