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Most people are seeking to be happy, seeking happiness instead of fulfillment. There is a big difference.
You hear people say all the time, everywhere, that all they want to do is be happy, or they have not been happy for a long time, or this or that does not make them happy. Happiness has been defined as a feeling that reflects your enjoyment of the moment in the present. You can feel happy, if only for a moment, for many reasons. You might receive some good news, accomplish something you weren’t sure you would be able to. But after the moment is over, you return to your previous state of mind — whatever that was.
The opposite of happiness is depression, worry, frustration. Here is the reality: we don’t have to feel happy all of the time to lead a satisfying life. If all you seek is moments of happiness, what you will discover is that over time you will still feel empty, looking for the next moment to feel good about yourself and life.
Fulfillment is something that persists, lasts over time. Fulfillment is not something that boosts your mood from time to time — it’s a sense of purpose. What are we doing to give towards others? It’s the difference we are making with our lives to help someone else. According to research, we all benefit when we give to others rather than giving to ourselves. Fulfillment is giving, belonging to something that makes the lives of others better. Belonging to the Church, serving others, actually leads to fulfillment that lasts rather than seeking a moment to feel happy momentarily.
Your choice what you seek. I hope you choose fulfillment.
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Published on Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 6:08 AM CDT
Psychology developed what is called the humanistic perspective, in which human nature is viewed as basically good.
This is the philosophy that rules over our Western society. The world’s philosophy is creating a world that continually is getting more and more selfish. This philosophy is in direct contrast to the word of God.
The Bible teaches us that human nature is sin nature. Matthew 15:19: For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. Another verse adds coveting, wickedness, deceit, envy, pride — all these evil things come from within.
God says our nature is not good, and the only way to truly change that is by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior and inviting God into your heart and mind to change this selfish human nature. Only God can do that. Only God can satisfy our spiritual hunger. Nothing else the world seeks can — not power, money, success, nor individualism.
See, if you adopt the humanistic philosophy of life, there is no need for a savior — no need for God. This type of thinking is creating a very selfish mentality: thinking only about me — where God says to die to self and begin to take on His characteristics.
Your choice what philosophy you choose to live by. One leads to eternal death, and one leads to eternal life — you choose.
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Published on Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 7:35 AM CDT
How we think about ourselves, our family life, our work life, etc., is very important.
It will determine our success or failure and how much we are willing to attempt and accomplish in life. It will determine the health and welfare of our families and all of our relationships. Our self-concept will determine whom we associate with.
A self-defeating mindset:
It will limit us in all of these areas. People with this line of thinking will continue in a cycle of bitterness, depression, anger, cynicism, and low self-esteem. They will always be overwhelmed and refuse any help so that they can do it themselves. They’ll say things like: “I’ve done too many bad things for God to forgive me.” This person self-sabotages because they devalue their life.
Here are some ways to defeat self-defeat:
- Complete something like a project, so you can think better of yourself and let go of bitterness and a critical spirit.
- Be able to identify this pattern of thinking immediately and recognize the symptoms so that you can begin to humble yourself and seek help.
- Allow God to heal your hearts and minds, and realize you are valuable and you do have worth.
Ask God to begin to heal you and help you to become a person who believes in yourself, and to realize that, by the sacrifice of Jesus, He has made you worthy to receive good things.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 6:44 AM CDT