The monster of SELF rages in all of us. The only way to find freedom from this self-destroying creature is to execute it through a heart of service.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
The most unhappy people I know are people who are focused on themselves, they are angry, pouty, miserable people.
We are all there at times. Some people just choose to feed the monster rather than kill it.
I recently decided to watch the BBC series Downton Abbey. What I love most about this series is that you see what an attitude of respect and service bring. The characters that have the biggest hearts for respect and service are the happiest and most peaceful characters.
The same happens in real life. Those who understand what their calling in life is and then they spend their life pouring out to others within that calling are the happiest, most content people.
Are you feeling angry or sorry for yourself? Could it be because you are focusing too much on YOU?
Do you have a child who is angry, or pouts a lot because he doesn’t get his way? Is he always the victim of every circumstance?
It is because the monster of self rages within.
How do you overcome this? How do you find peace, even joy?
- Know who you are and who you are not. You are not God.
- You are not the most important person on the planet, on the team, or in the family.
- Come to terms with the fact that God is sovereign! NOTHING, absolutely nothing happens in your life happens without God allowing it. EVERYTHING happens for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28). You can either give thanks for the situation and become more Christ like, or you can feed the monster and become more miserable.
- Figure out what your gifts are and start serving in those areas.
- Know your duty and do your duty…with a cheerful heart.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-5
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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