From an unknown source comes an article titled, “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.”
This is just the opposite of what the Bible offers as a recipe for a happy and productive life. It’s about others. Jesus’ thirty-three years on the planet were consumed by the great need of others. The Apostle Paul’s three missionary journeys were about others. His epistles were about others. Peter’s final correspondence was about others.
So, what does the Word have to say…
“God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Give it some thought.