So another one of those sermon thoughts that sticks with you long after the sermon is over.
In the course of discussing the Day of The Lord and what it would be like, he used an interesting analogy: it is sort of (in a very weak way) like one's birthday, where everything about is about one for one day. It will be like that, was the point: God will be the Star, and everything will be about Him on that day. There will not be any question about why things are not about us, any more than we question why people are giving us gifts on our birthday.
The problem comes in our current lives, he pointed out. We like to treat God as the Director of our lives: He is the one setting up the circumstances and managing the people and scenes in our lives, but really we are the star of our own life. It really is supposed to be all about us. Or so we like to think. Unfortunately (for me, at least) I have the entire thing not only reversed but upside down: it is not an either/or for our lives. God should be both the Director and the Star of our lives.
This is where it breaks down for me, of course: if not the Director nor the Star of my own life, what am I? The selfish ego me reaches out and cries that I am no more than a spear carrier in a cast of thousands, a red shirt security guard in Star Trek who is going to be killed within the first thirty seconds of the episode - my job to demonstrate how this week's alien kills.
That is not the way it works in God's economy, of course. In Matthew 6: 31-33 Jesus says:
And the Star has promised never to forget a single supporting actor or actress.