Get over yourself! Has anybody ever said that to you? Did you know what they meant? Well I’ve been asking people what this statement means, and have gotten some rather puzzled looks. One young lady shared that it’s being obsessed with yourself. Most agreed that it’s thinking only of yourself and your self-importance. Yet, isn’t this the challenge for all of us? Don’t we all need to get over ourselves?
When I think of getting over myself I envision this masonry wall that I have to climb over. On the other side of the wall I find much more happiness. For when my focus is on others, and I lose the self-concern, I feel fulfilled. But, that wall of self is hard to get over. It’s a difficult climb that requires self-discipline. It sounds contradictory, but self-discipline is the way to get over yourself. We need to get on the other side of the wall of self, but, as I said, it’s a difficult climb.
This is how the Apostle Paul said it to the Philippians:
(Philippians 2:3-4, MSG) Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Paul was simply telling the Philippians to get over themselves, and I believe the message is also for us. So, I’m passing the message on, with all love and empathy, exclaiming, get over yourself! Be assured, I’ll be right beside you sharing the challenge in our attempt to climb that wall of self.