Be honest with yourself: How often do you place your own needs and desires ahead of anyone else’s? If I am going to be honest with myself, I do it far more than I would like to admit. Why? Because it is human nature – self-preservation! Yet, that is no excuse for not embracing the virtue of unselfishness.
Unselfishness can be defined as:
- the emptying of one’s own wishes and desires for the total fulfillment of God’s will
- the betterment of the common good
- love of one’s fellow man
How to Incorporate Unselfishness in Our Lives
- Think of others more, and of yourself less (embrace humility). For example, think of how you can be of service to others, rather than what others can do for you.
- Make decisions with the common good in mind, and not yourself; especially when the decision would result in a betterment to the common good, but not in your own favor.
- Love our fellow man by treating people the way you would want to be treated. For example, share with those less fortunate, so that they might retain their dignity, rather than keeping your money and goods for yourself.
When we embrace unselfishness, we act more Christ-like. Lent is the perfect season to embody the attributes of Christ and carry forward our new behavior well beyond the Lenten season. Lent is meant to be a season of change, where we repent for our sinful ways and make efforts to change for the better. Eliminating selfishness and embracing unselfishness, is an excellent Lenten practice that helps us build good character, worthy of emulating by others. So, your mere practice of unselfishness embodies the definition of the word!
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