A quick one from Mbird friend Russ Masterson.

Amy Adams, who just received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for her role in The Fighter was on Tavis Smiley in December to promote the film. Tavis asked Amy about having a new baby, and her response was priceless:

“I like the world more now. The focus is off of me, and that is freedom. That I no longer am the most important thing in my life. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, before I was self-centered. I didn’t even realize how self-centered. My small day to day drama is now so different.”

All us parents, say, “Yep, uh huh, yes maam. Preach it, Amy.” We know of what she speaks. I’ve always said that I realized how selfish I was when I got married. Then we had a child, and I realized even more how selfish I was. Then we had our second little girl, and I realized again, to a greater extent, how much I mainly think about and concern myself with myself.

It may not sound like it, but this insight into my depravity has actually been a gift. It has forced me to look beyond myself, in the direction of freedom, both in terms of my standing with God (the sufficiency of Jesus’ forgiveness and imputed righteousness), not to mention my ability to truly love anyone.

Here’s the complete conversation between Tavis and Amy over on PBS.