God is teaching me how to live free from the ego monster that jumps out of the crevice it hides in at night and attaches itself to my psyche like a barnacle. It likes to ride around all day making demands. It demands credit for the good that I do, demands to be noticed and applauded. It’s ridiculously persistent! However, being constantly connected to God is what keeps it in check. When I’m close to Him, it’s easy to see that my ego doesn’t serve me well. In fact–it hurts me. You see, the more I’m glorified, the less God is glorified. I’m absolutely nothing without Him. In me alone, I have nothing worth giving to myself or anyone else! He IS the reason I exist at this very moment. He holds my next million heartbeats, the sunrise, the gravity that binds me to the very earth which I stand upon. Paul said: “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God…For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:1, 7) All the marvelous things we accomplish or have become–never found their inception in us! We are part of a circle of life where God is the center. Our family, teachers, colleagues, friends, pastors, counselors, coaches—were also gifted by God with life–and they poured skill and knowledge into us enabling us to live, grow and become what we are today. We have received much from God and others. Our boast, if any, is in what we’ve received and our most blessed accomplishments are in what we give. We are mere stewards of the wonders God has accomplished in us and given us. What else do we really have to boast about? When we learn to regard ourselves as part of a circle of giving where God is the most important part, we are freed from our ego. When God’s glory is the reason for our existence, His joy abounds in us and we become part of the marvelous circle of life which draws others into the same peace, wisdom, love and contentment we experience in Him!