A pastor’s wife went to an aerobic dance class to lose a little weight, be
herself, and all that. The place was jammed with divorced women who complained
that men are “a bunch of pigs,” “indifferent,” and
“unfulfilling.” And this woman, a pastor’s wife, bought into it, and
eventually walked out on her husband. Why? Primarily because she became
completely focused on self.

We can fall into the same trap. We can justify our absorption with self. We can
explain it away. We can use any argument we want, but it’s destroying marriages
and homes. Absorption with self is needlessly diverting people from true
meaning and purpose in life.

Illustration taken from:
Palau’s book, How to Renew Your Spiritual
, Discovery House, 1995.

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Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 30 million people in 75 countries, with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,500 radio outlets in 48 countries. Among other top-tier programs, Luis currently hosts Luis Palau Responde, an international Q&A program in Spanish, and Reaching Your World, a devotional-style program emphasizing biblical wisdom. He has authored close to 50 books, contributed articles on issues of faith to countless publications, and counseled business leaders, political leaders, and heads of state around the world.

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