As I read my Bible and wrote in my prayer journal this morning–the day we celebrate the independence of our nation–tears of joy flowed as I recognized the greatest freedom one can ever achieve, the freedom found in Christ.
Why was I crying? For too many years, I was a slave to other people’s opinions, my own perfectionism and a desire to please others. But, Jesus set me free. John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Recently, I came across “15 Things to Give Up if You Want to be Happy.” I wanted to share them with my readers.
- Give up your need to always be right. “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” –Wayne Dyer
- Give up your need for control. “By letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. When you try and try, the world is beyond winning.”–Lao Tzu
- Give up on blaming others. “A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”–John Burroughs
- Give up your self-defeating self-talk. “The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.”–Eckhart Tolle
- Give up your limiting beliefs. “A belief is not an idea held by the mind; it is an idea that holds the mind.” –Elly Roselle
- Give up complaining. “You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”–Ziggy
- Give up the luxury of criticism. “Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.”–Christian D. Larsen
- Give up your need to impress others. “Don’t try to impress others. Let them have the fun of impressing you.”–James R. Fisher, Jr.
- Give up your resistance to change. “Follow your bliss and God will open doors for you where there were only walls.”–Joseph Campbell
- Give up labels. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” –Wayne Dyer
- Give up on your fears. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”–Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Psalm 23:4
says. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”)
- Give up your excuses. “99% of failure comes from people who have the habit of making excuses.”–George Washington Carver
- Give up the past. “Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.”–Christian D. Larsen (Isn’t that what Paul said in Philippians 3? “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”)
- Give up attachment. “The wise individual doesn’t get too attached to any of life’s pleasures, knowing that wonderful science is hard at work proving it’s bad for him.”–Bill Vaughn (I believe the greatest pleasure in life is looking forward to what God will do next in mine.)
- Give up living your life to other people’s expectations. “The world is a mirror and reflects back your expectations. What you get is what you see. You create your own reality.” Denis Waitley
I would like to add #16. Happiness is not found in things or people. “Joy comes from knowing you are free to be the person HE created you to be.”–Carol Round
Have you recognized the true freedom found in our Savior?