A happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!
I picked up a book today. It was all about art, about the journey of going within, of exploring oneself and … ugh! I’m so tired of me! The thought caught me by surprise.
Because I like myself. I do. I have no problem with me :-p But the idea of going somewhere alone and thinking about me, me, me, me… It just didn’t appeal to me!
And this makes sense, right? Don’t we feel better when we get out of our own heads? When we stop navel-gazing and instead look to the greater world out there? When we seek the Lord, and not some hedonistic pleasure?
They say that when you feel down, you should try to make someone else feel better.
They say that when you’re socially anxious, you should focus on the other person.
There is something about being selfless that is absolutely wonderful and wholesome. I love how I feel when I put the spotlight on Christ. I love that seeking Him and seeking to glorify Him makes me happy.
It’s like… giving is what brings.
Sometimes I feel like self-help books have us focus too much on ourselves, shining the spotlight on ourselves 24/7 to try to find things to correct, improve, or heal. When, a lot of times, it’s just so much better to seek the Lord and seek to help others.
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you.
Luke 6:38 NIV
Back when I was struggling to get sober, many years ago, the simple act of volunteering at an animal shelter brought me so much joy! I went from being miserable to being part of the community and helping others. So I have experienced this truth, that sometimes it’s better to stop focusing so much on ourselves.
And like Joyce Meyer says, instead of asking to be blessed, you could ask God how you can be a blessing to someone else 🙂
Take care and God bless,