The hardest thing for me to do is nothing. Literally.
This past year, by my definition, wasn’t productive at all. I spent more time doing nothing in those months than I have my entire life.
It was maddening.
But in the silent undisturbed moments, I found Jesus. Like the ghost of Christmas yet to come, He showed me certain truths.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:7-10)
I could clearly see the life I wanted was spiritually unsound. I was bound to crash and burn. And without the Lord, I wouldn’t have been able to pick up the pieces.
What’s the quickest way to feel bad about your lot? Easy, just compare yourself to someone else. Funny really… I’d feel so great about something until I compared myself to another person.
Most times I don’t realize I’m doing it until my mood changes.
When I catch my thoughts sneaking off to Compare Myself to Others City, I have to make a conscious effort to pull them over and send them back to their hometown of Mind My Own Business. Or they can visit their cousins in the great state of Be Grateful for What You Got.
I’ve been working on my anger. Thanks to the Bible, prayers, and healthy temper management techniques, I’ve seen some progress.
However, the Lord made it clear to me that I can’t treat the symptom and ignore the cause. Being angry at someone is the result of being unable to forgive.
So next time you find yourself all angry and upset at someone, keep in mind that you could forgive or you could choose not to forgive… then end up bitter and angry, which isn’t as fun as you’d think.
Forgiveness is an absolute necessity when it comes to obtaining and maintaining happiness.