Life’s biggest difficulty isn’t overcoming negative circumstances. It is getting free from bondage to self. Self-interest, self-promotion, self-fulfillment, self-esteem, self-protection — these things get in our way and hold us in bondage to the torment of our own thoughts, feelings, opinions, and insecurities.
Self has a meter and like a thermometer it is always measuring our personal comfort level. How happy am I now? How satisfied, fulfilled, pleased, and/or worthy am I?
The only problem with our self-a-meter is that it never rates us high enough for long-term happiness and contentment. Even by our own self-measurements we don’t make the grade.
So what can we do about our dissatisfied self? Deny it! (Self-focus will never make you happy.) Forget about self and instead focus your life on something else — a purpose, a cause, other people’s needs, and God.
If you have the courage to do that, an amazing thing will happen. Peace, joy, love, and a flood of other fulfilling emotions will overflow you. It’s a proven fact, people are happiest when they get their mind and emotions off of self and intently focused on something else.
Is this new information.? Not by any means. Jesus said it 2,000 years ago: “Deny yourself, take up your cross (electric chair), and follow me.”