“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus”

Philippians 2:3-5 NASB

One of the biggest deterrents standing in the way of you maximizing your potential is your ego: the “I” in your life where everything is centered on you rather than others. Having spent many years in the pastorate and working with marriages, I am convinced the bottom line to most separations and divorces is selfishness. Joel Osteen says this about selfishness, “Things like pride, selfishness, impatience, compromising — the Scripture calls them things of the flesh, the carnal nature. The flesh wants to be in control. The flesh is not going to be happy unless it gets its way. But as long as you’re allowing the flesh to be the boss, it’s going to limit how high you go.” On the other hand, Proverbs 11:25 NASB tells us, “The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.” Joyce Meyer said, “Humility is not something that comes naturally. But it is a cardinal virtue that should be pursued more than any other.”