Today our lives are littered by quicksand pits along the paths to happiness and fulfillment. It has gone beyond just an occasional occurrence to a potential pitfall before us every step we take. Why is it that some people seem to have pit after pit of quicksand in their lives and others do not?
One of the root causes of the rampant unhappiness we see today are found in the list below • Self-pity • Self-absorbed • Self-centered And yes, even the obsession of Selfies!
People take their eyes off helping others and see only themselves.
Let’s clarify with just a few examples: Self-pity, many have had it rough including trauma abuse, and they blame their unhappiness on things in their past that were beyond their control. Many feel they have a right to feel sorry for themselves. Antonyms- happiness, joyfulness
Self-absorbed, in their appearance, their problems, their “lack” of belongings, their status. They have expectations of how others should react to them. Antonyms – generous, self-giving, greathearted
Self-centered, I want what I want, and I want it now. Their unhappiness is controlled by a lack of what they feel they deserve. They expected a better home, more vacations, to retain their youthfulness… This group often says I deserve to be happy and have fun and blame others for their lack of unhappiness. Antonyms – giving, unselfish, charitable
Selfie obsessions scream here I am - look at me! Their value in life is whittled down to a photo. Always comparing themselves with others. Falling in the trap that because others do it is ok and thus desirable.
All of these are only fronts of a problem that could also be labeled idolatry. The worship of a lifestyle, an appearance, a status, just beyond reach. A deception placed in our society by evil to control you and keep true peace and joy at arm’s length.
Often keeping you at the edge of emotional quicksand that can leave you unhappy, unfulfilled, friendless, and alone! Those who live by the “antonym’s” listed make for strong lasting friendships.
“The more you focus on yourself, the more distracted you will be from the proper path. The more you know Him and commune with Him, the more the Spirit will make you like Him. The more you are like Him, the better you will understand His utter sufficiency for all of life’s difficulties. And that is the only way to know real satisfaction.” John MacArthur
Philippians 2:3 New King James Version (NKJV) 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others
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If you want to list only a few words here are some top contenders. • Drama • Spirit of Offense • Jealously • Fear • Anxiety
If you can recognize and remove these emotions, you can open the door to a life of peace and joy. You need to discover where in your life you allow these thieves to enter. The words in this list can control your thoughts, your actions and keep you in bondage of darkness and hopelessness.
People want a life of contentment and happiness, but you cannot find that which is light if you do not remove the blindfold. You can not change your emotions about things that “interfere” with peace and joy unless you take any thoughts captive that feed off the words in the list above. To take a thought captive is just a fancy way of saying - to gain control over what you think about yourself and life.
If you have not acquired a firm transformational relationship with God, you will continue to process things, and circumstances, around you from the view of the world. Even when handed the keys to peace and joy, you will not be able to see past the drama, the offense…until you recalibrate your mindset.
Without a Biblical perspective controlling your thoughts, your heart, your eyes you are unable to see how to escape. You can look right into the light even with the blindfold off, but you still wear the dark glasses of deception. Therefore, you cannot recognize, or give credence to the fact that things can change.
You cannot look at life based on past failures and let that determine your future.
MARK 6:33-34 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
This is referring to worldly concerns like worry and anxiety, drama, hurt feelings, those things that are the opposite of joy. Such as depression, misery, sadness, unhappiness, discouragement… where you experience anger, hopelessness, feelings of ill will.
You can retrain your mind to focus on that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.