I originally entitled this post, 'Things I learned last year', but that's not completely accurate. I'm always reluctant to speak of lessons I've learned, because it implies that the experience is past-tense; as if, I can now tick that box and graduate to deeper things. The truth is, that practically every single time I've thought in that way, I've later had to 're-learn' the very lessons that I thought I'd grasped. So, I'd rather think about the lessons that last year provided for me. Whether I learnt them, am learning them, or will learn them, is another thing altogether!
1) I am not the Centre of my World
As a Christian, I was taught that the whole world isn't about me. It's a basic lesson, I suppose, that I'm sure my parents taught me, but I'm the kind of person who has to have things drilled into them. It's not all about me, as if the Sun revolved around me.
There are few topics I used to preach more on that those touched on in passages like this:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Col. 1:15-18)
It's all about Him - Love incarnate.