Hey everyone, it’s Adam DeGraide here with another micro motivation. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to catch last week’s.
I discussed about how looking to the birds, and what that can teach us. I hope you find that fascinating.
In the last couple of days I’ve been ruminating again about a Greek mythological story about characters named Echo and Narcissist.
So, there’s two characters, Echo and Narcissist.
Echo was a Greek God, who was cursed by one of Zeus wives or lovers, I can’t remember exactly. And she was only able to say the last thing that has been said to her, much like a four year old if you’re sitting at the table and you say, oh this dinner’s good, and I say, Honey, you did a great job. Honey, you did a great job.
Drives people crazy right.
The problem is Echo was never able to share how she really felt about things.
And she met this individual named Narcissist, who is another Greek character. So here she was staring at Narcissist, she wanted to tell him that she loved him. And yet, she couldn’t say it. And there was a song written by my sister-in-law, Katie Stone, that was her maiden name. it ‘s called Echo and Narcissist and I just kept thinking about that song this week. And so here is Echo staring at Narcissist, and wanting to tell him that she loves him. And she can’t. Cause she can only repeat what he said to her.
And Narcissist is completely missing the fact that this beautiful woman Echo, wants to fall in love with him, because he’s staring at his own reflection in the water.
So here you have Echo not able to say how she feels and Narcissist not even paying attention to her because he keeps staring at himself. And for the sake of this illustration I want to talk a little bit about Narcissist.
Narcissist, I’m very much a lot like him. I think many of us are we’re so focused on ourselves, especially during this who quarantine situation when you start to focus on yourself wondering do I have this and we can even miss those that we love that are right around us, by the way.
And in the Old Testament the Word appeared to Elijah and it’s fascinating because it says he goes on and says, “Go out and stand in the mountain, in the presence of the Lord for the Lord is about to pass by, then a great and powerful wind tore through the mountains apart and shattered the rock before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after that was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And then after the fire came a gentle whisper. Or another way, in other words a still, small voice.”
You see, for those of us that are like Narcissists, that can’t understand that there is a loving God who is reaching out to us, we’re always looking for God to give us a giant sign when he is speaking in a still small voice, but we can’t hear it. And we can’t see him because we’re staring at ourselves and in the New Testament it talks about how we need to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. And that’s the point. God has been speaking to us. We can’t hear him because we’re so focused on ourselves.
Let’s listen today to that still small voice and see what God has to say to us.
This has been a micro motivation with Adam DeGraide
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