Friday, October 16, 2009

I'm back!

Hello, internet world! It's good to be back! Yes, after a few days' of wailing and gnashing of teeth, we are finally back online. Yes and amen. Hopefully we are the better for our (unwanted) hiatus. All things work together for our good, right?

No real post today but I did want to share a portion of a devotion written by Elizabeth Elliott, "Several Ways to Make Yourself Miserable." No, pouting over lack of internet access did not make the list (though #9 comes close) but thanks for asking...
  1. Count your troubles, name them one by one--at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  2. Worry every day about something. Don't let yourself get out of practice. It won't add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.
  3. Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.
  4. Devise clever but decent ways to serve God and mammon. After all, a man's gotta live.
  5. Make it your business to find out what the Joneses are buying this year and where they're going. Try to do them at least one better even if you have to take out another loan to do it.
  6. Stay away from absolutes. It's what's right for you that matters. Be your own person and don't allow yourself to get hung up on what others expect of you.
  7. Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people's. You have your life to live, they have theirs.
  8. Don't fall into any compassion traps--the sort of situation where people can walk all over you. If you get too involved in other people's troubles, you may neglect your own.
  9. Don't let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what's really relevant--things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones--they're where it's at now.

Yep, I could confess to one or more of those misery inducing practices! Rather than self absorbed, self induced misery let us press on to pursue joy in Christ! He is the only source of lasting, all satisfying joy!

And, if you're interested, you can subscribe to the Elizabeth Elliott devotions through Back to the Bible.

1 comment:

  1. #8 is great - don't neglect your own troubles helping other people with theirs! LOL

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