Thursday, January 23, 2014

how to be unhappy

I stumbled across this list from Elisabeth Elliott's Keep a Quiet Heart this morning on this sweet blog and just had to share.  It's amazing the lies that the world tells us about how to achieve "happiness": 
1. Count your troubles, name them one by one- at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.

2. Worry every day about something. Don’t let yourself get out of practice. It won’t add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.

3. Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.

4. Devise clever but decent ways to serve God and man. After all, a man’s gotta live.

5. Beat the Joneses.  Make it your business to find out what they are buying this year and where they’re going. Try to do them at least one better even if you have to take out another loan to do it.

6. Stay away from absolutes. It’s what’s right for you that matters. Be your own person and don’t allow yourself to get hung up on what others expect of you.

7. Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people’s. You have your life to live, they have theirs.

8. Don’t fall into any compassion traps – the sort of situation where people can walk all over you. If you get too involved in other people’s troubles, you may neglect your own.

9. Don’t let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what’s really relevant – things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones – they’re where it’s at now.

Do you struggle with believing any of these lies?  Honestly, I must admit that sometimes I do.  It's easy to be trapped in the world's view of happiness - that it's all about what you have in the here and the now, that you need to look out for #1, that you are only worth what you own.  Which is just a recipe for disappointment and heartache.  But take heart, my friends!  We are told in 2nd Corinthians to fix our eyes on the unseen/ eternal... and only then can we find true happiness in the glory of our unseen, eternal and all-powerful God!

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
-2nd Cor. 4:16 (esv)

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