“Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God.” Romans 8:7
My grandchildren love the cartoon character SpongeBob. Even though he lives in the ocean, he’s unlike a natural sponge, which is a real animal with no nervous, digestive or circulatory systems and requires water for oxygen and to remove wastes. SpongeBob looks more like a kitchen sponge I use to wipe up messes, but he has feelings and even absorbs his own tears.
People who are self-absorbed may be a bit like SpongeBob, who absorbs grief, pain, or low self-esteem into their hearts. It may be through bragging about their success, talent, or good fortune they empty their sad, spongy souls–at least until they become saturated again.
Dear God, remind us to focus on you in order to remove our tendencies to be self-aborbed. Amen