I enjoyed pastor Greg’s sermon on Sunday. He gave some great advice. I'll try to summarize it here. I think it's worth sharing.
1. Happiness is something that’s found from within. It’s not something that’s acquired.
So if you think a new car or a new house or an Ipad or smart phone is going to make you happy, think again. True happiness comes from within not from materialistic things.
Pastor Greg also said to just get it out of your mind that when bad things happen you’re being punished for something. God’s not that petty. It’s not like he’s saying: Just suck it up until you die. God wants you to have blessings.
2. Put away your pride and vanity and ask for help.
Too often, people are too proud to forgive or too proud to ask for forgiveness. Vanity keeps us from asking for help. When you need help, ask. There are people willing to help.
3. Free yourself from that need to be loved by everyone, to be in the popular group in school, etc. You don’t need people who won’t let you be the person you want to be. Don’t follow the losers, follow the Lord.
4. Make decisions about your lifestyle. Pastor Greg talked about people who are drowning in busyness. He said to step out of the water and look at the bigger picture and make decisions. He said Jesus didn’t heal everyone. Jesus didn’t help everyone. Jesus had limitations and he allowed these limitations to guide him. He said to learn from the master. We can’t be all things to all people all of the time. That’ll only lead to burnout. Think about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Are you doing it because you’d feel guilty if you didn’t? Because of your pride? It so, it’s time to rethink things.
Are there any here that you need to work on? For me, definitely No. 4. I tend to take on way too much. It’s not out of guilt or pride, though. It’s because I truly want to help and enjoy being a part of things. But Pastor Greg’s right. We can’t do it all. We have to pick and choose and NOT FEEL GUILTY when we tell someone “no.”