8 Things People Do That Make Their Life Miserable

8 Things People Do That Make Their Life Miserable

I think we are all guilty of standing in our own way from time to time, but did you know that a lot of people do things that actually make their life miserable? I am not talking about making unwise decisions.  I am talking about the things people do unintentionally or sub-consciously. Here Is Some Free Advice On Life Below I have outlined 8 of these things that if you do them will definitely make your life miserable.  Read them, know them, and then make sure you never do them. 1. When you get a compliment, dismiss it and the person saying, ”Oh no, it wasn’t much.” 2. When you complete a task, always find things you should have done differently. 3. Work as hard as you can never taking time for play and enjoyment because you know when you get to heaven, God is going to say,”You didn’t work enough.” 4. When you complete a project, don’t take time to enjoy the accomplishment, moving right into the next task. 5. Think only of yourself because you know that’s what it is all about anyway. 6. Tell yourself your value as a human being is in what you accomplish and all the material things you can accumulate. 7. Don’t spend time on relationships because you have work to do.  And finally if that doesn’t make you miserable this will…. 8. Focus on the things you don’t have rather than the things in your life you do have. If you want to move from misery to miracles, do the opposite of everything I have listed here. Author Bessie Stanley wrote...

I Take the Bible Seriously not Literally

I believe that the Bible was inspired by God.  The Apostle Paul puts it best in his second letter to Timothy: All Scripture was written by people as God “breathed” [pneuma or air or wind] on them. In other words, the Holy Spirit was speaking to their minds and spirits as they put “pen to paper” [actually, not originally paper, but little scrolls of parchment or vellum]. This is a paraphrased version of part of 2Tim 3:16. I believe that the Bible is the story of numerous relationships between God and God’ image in God’s creation– humans.  As we work out our understanding and our relationship with each other and God, we are confronted with the fact that the Bible is extremely complex and we sometimes are not able to understand the written words. We discover that no one can take the Bible literally.The Bible was written in ancient languages and understood by the readers in those ancient times. For example, in Psalm 22:16, the speaker says that his hands and feet are like a lion’s.  Well, the Jewish scholars knew that what was “meant” was that his hands and feet were swollen and rough and malformed—as if the hands and feet had been stabbed or pierced or impaled. We have a hard enough time reading the style of English that was in common use when the King James Bible was written—let alone understanding ancient Hebrew or Greek. We rely on the experts to read the ancient texts and write that in our modern language.  We also rely on the experts to choose the “best” version to translate from...

Finding Friendship in Imalone Wisconsin

High atop a office building in Manhattan is a sign which points the way to Imalone Wisconsin…934 miles essentially northeast from Manhattan. The story goes it was a lighthearted moment of the billboard advertising company that had a break between businesses that wanted to use the sign so they found an interesting name for a town and figured the distance and it was so popular they didn’t take it down. Yes Imalone is recognized by Map Quest proof that it truly exists. Where did the name come from? A fellow named snowball ANDERSON built a gas station many years ago in this logging region. One day he was out of town and left the business in the care of an old timer named Bill Granger. A salesman came by and needed and invoice signed and the name of the place filled in. Bill just shrugged his shoulders and said ”I’m alone” meaning there was no one to ask . the salesman wrote “I’m a lone and name the area . There are times we all feel alone- certainly Paul did. 2 Timothy 4:16-18 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.  But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The reference to Paul’s first Roman trial and imprisonment (Acts 28), which resulted in the apostle’s release (2 Tim 4:17), subsequent mission work including his work in Crete and...
How to Not Become Anxious

How to Not Become Anxious

A couple vacationing in Colorado rented a tandem bicycle and decided to attack Pikes Peak. As they began the ascent, they both soaked in the Rocky Mountain sunshine and the crisp air. The difficulty of the climb hit earlier than they expected, and the thin air stole away the oxygen they desperately needed. After a seemingly unending climb, the couple finally reached the top and nearly collapsed to the ground. The wife turned around and panted, “That was the hardest climb I have ever done in my life:’ “You can say that again;’ the husband gasped. “And if I hadn’t kept the brakes on for all of it, we could have rolled backwards.” The husband was so anxious they were going to roll back wards he applied the brakes and made the bike ride harder than it had to be. A little anxiety isn’t bad, it can motivate us to move off dead center or to be sharp in our presentation but too much anxiety can be destructive. I used to be very anxious. I would sit in front of my computer and wring my hands over all the possibilities that might happen that would ruin the project I was working on. I was making my own life miserable. My anxiety was making me too tired to be productive. How you ask? When we let anxieties take over the main room in our brain and spirit. This stops us from being creative and productive. Anxiety can do that. It can paralyze us from moving forward. I started to examine what was making me so anxious. Anxiety is a secondary...
Get the Junk Out of Your Trunk

Get the Junk Out of Your Trunk

When I lived in an apartment complex we had to take our garbage to a certain location on the property. I would put my garbage in my trunk and drop it off on my way to work. One time I loaded the garbage but forgot to take it to the dumpster. It stayed in my trunk for two days. I had forgotten all about it. Finally, the smell became so strong as I was driving , it reminded me I forgot to get the garbage out of my trunk. This happens with our spiritual lives as well. We carry a bunch of garbage in the trunk of our hearts that continue to spoil and smell up our minds and spirits. How do I get the Junk out of my Trunk? Begin here… Make a list of the things that spoil your body/mind/spirit. Is it things of the past? Experiences or feelings that you feel like you cannot let go of? Is it people around you that are so toxic that you feel like you collect their garbage when you’re around them? Is it things that you are doing that are self destructive? Here is an interesting story titled, “First Things of Our Past” There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck...
Failure to Fame

Failure to Fame

Sunday evening  we saw Jordyn  Wieber   reigning world champion gymnast  lose the opportunity to compete for the women’s individual gold medal.  Her friend Aly Raisman who was Jordyn’ s best friend and biggest competitor  won a spot in the qualifying event to go to the finals. By placing higher than Jordyn in points she knocked out her friend’s possibility to go to the final.  When Jordyn found out she did not qualify she was devastated. We can only imagine how she felt. Training for years, hours each day with the image in her mind (motivating her) of standing on the podium receiving the gold medal and then not to even make it into the finals must have been emotionally crushing. Have you ever worked, trained, put hours of energy into something and then, see it fail. It would be easy to just give up and hide out. You have no desire to talk to anyone because you are so emotionally devastated. Jordyn Wieber was not given that luxury. She had to come back in front of everyone in the stadium and compete with her teammates Tuesday evening for the  women’s team event .She had to focus, letting the memory of failure on Sunday leave her mind and heart. How difficult that must have been for her. The wonderful part of this story is that these women joined together and won the Gold Medal for USA. They all contributed but give extra kudos to Jordyn for the ability to let go of her disappointments of Sunday and focus on the challenge at hand. Maybe there is something in this story for all of...