Thought of the Day November 22, 2019 Our choice

By 11:44 AM

An unknown source comes up with an article entitled, “How to be Miserable.” It says: “Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use “I” as often as possible. Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Never forgive a criticism. Trust nobody but yourself. Insist on consideration and respect. Demand agreement with your own views on everything. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them. Never forget a service you have rendered. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others.”

None of this is what Jesus teaches in the Gospels. We learn the above behavior pattern from other people who are depressed or self-focus. What will happen to us if we begin to look seriously at our thoughts and actions to see if they reflect Jesus' maxims or the world's maxims? Why do we choose to be miserable rather than to be joyful in Christ? The bottom line is our choice: to follow Christ or to follow our past behavior patterns.

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