On Making Yourself Feel Better

ImageWe all know the National debt is so big that our great-grand-children will still be paying it! All we can do is pay our taxes, and hope for the best. What about our personal finances? More houses being sold on the court house steps because people are out of work and don’t have the money to make their payments! Our credit card debt? Phenominal! So why are we sending so much money, that we don’t have? There is something I call a “hole in your soul”, we do crazy things trying to fill it, and sometimes it means looking for love, in all the wrong places, and settling for the wrong person. Spending money is just another way to try and fill that void in our life and all we do is dig ourselves into a financial pit we can’t climb out, I think the term is “Retail Therapy”. What are you looking for? The Apostle Paul: Philippians 4:10-13 I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. We get used to spreading the balm of a new piece of jewery, or some other “thing”, to make ourselves feel better, all over our wounded feelings hoping for that little “high” that will make us feel better, about ourselves! I’ll tell you one on me. When my divorce was filed, I was feeling everything from lousy to less than. I went into a little store in the Galleria and there saw a pair of earrings. They were costume, to be sure, but they cost $93., and for me that is a lot to pay for a pair of costume earrings, then I saw a pink silk blouse, it was $100., now remember this was 1986 so that was even more money than it is today. I bought them both! I told myself “I deserved them”, and when the bill came I was very sorry. The up side to that is I still have those earrings and yes I do wear them occasionally. My point is this, the euphoria I felt from buying them soon faded and I only felt sorry. It didn’t solve my divorce problems, it didn’t make me younger or prettier I was still the same only with the added burden of the bill. First step when you are lousy and less than, is to go to the One person who loves you more than anything else, that is your Creator, God. Jeremiah 33:3  ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’Matthew 7:7-11 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better? When  you can’t talk to anyone else, you can always go to Him, Jesus Christ is a friend that is closer than a brother. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus doesn’t change yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. There is a saying that you “can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends”, well, you didn’t pick Jesus, He chose YOU! As I said, Only Jesus Can Satisfy your soul! Don’t try to be “someone else” to try and impress someone, you would get so tired of pretending. If someone doesn’t like, or love, you just the way you are, then quit trying. My sister told me “When I aim to please and keep missing, I quit aiming!” Enough said!
Enjoy your day knowing that God loves you and Jesus died for you! Give Him thanks and in return He will bless you, answer your prayers and, be your friend! Feel Better? Be blessed, save money!

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