Sunday, August 1, 2010

Want to Be Happier?


The less I think about myself, the happier I am.

It’s a profound thought – and a true one. Think about it for a minute. When you actually can forget what your hair or makeup look like, can’t you truly enjoy yourself with others and being out in public more? When you forget how you compare to those around you, can’t you truly engage in conversations and invest more of yourself into friendships? When you can forget about your own feelings and dive in with fervor because of your passion to help someone else in the midst of theirs….don’t you feel more complete – more at peace?

The world is constantly telling us to think of ourselves. “We deserve it.” “Treat yourself right.” “To each his own.” ‘Whatever works for you!” So many mantras. The problem is, they only satisfy temporarily.

That’s why I think people who live their lives giving to others – whether it’s working for charities, ministries, going on mission trips, adopting, volunteering, etc – I think they are more satisfied because they are investing into others and thinking less of themselves.

It’s backwards thinking. But the saying “what goes around comes around” is so very true. You give love, you will feel loved. You feel compassion towards others and you will be compassionate. You give grace and mercy and you will be forgiven more easily. You express hospitality and you won’t feel alone. You give what you have, and somehow you will always have what you need.

People seek happiness all their lives. They look for it in material things, in relationships, success, fame, and in riches. But those are all meaningless because the core factor in each one of those is “self.” What can I get for ME??? The real question should be… “What can I GIVE to you?”

2 comments:

Barbie said...

Our Pastor preached on this very thing today. One of the things he said that struck me was "humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less". So much food to chew on there! I am praying I will walk in humility and begin to put others first and take the focus off of myself!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

What an inspiring post! Absolutely!

Kelly

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