Thursday, October 14, 2010

Where are my eyes?

Title: Several Ways to Make Yourself Miserable

Author: Elisabeth Elliot

  • Count your troubles, name them one by one--at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Worry every day about something. Don't let yourself get out of practice. It won't add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.
  • Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.
  • Devise clever but decent ways to serve God and mammon. After all, a man's gotta live.
  • Make it your business to find out what the Joneses are buying this year and where they're going. Try to do them at least one better even if you have to take out another loan to do it.
  • Stay away from absolutes. It's what's right for you that matters. Be your own person and don't allow yourself to get hung up on what others expect of you.
  • Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people's. You have your life to live, they have theirs.
  • Don't fall into any compassion traps--the sort of situation where people can walk all over you. If you get too involved in other people's troubles, you may neglect your own.
  • Don't let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what's really relevant--things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones--they're where it's at now.

Truth spoken.

Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You and only You. I don't want to get lost in this world. I don't want to loose sight of You, to loose sight of Your greatest gift, or to loose sight of answered prayers. Because really? You have blessed us with so much. May thankfulness and joy flow from our hearts continually.


  1. What a great reminder!!

  2. Ouch! :) THANK YOU! Love your blog background!

  3. This is such a good reminder to all of us. Making it a habit to cultivate gratitude is vitally important.
    You always do my girl.

  4. Oh my dear sister in the Lord, thank you for sharing this. So true. Amen.

    We just returned home and I'm catching up on my friend's blogs. It looks like you have been away from home too! Having a fantastic time I may add!! Rejoicing with you that your family had such a special, memory filled vacation. I love the picture too! *Hugs*

  5. such a good reminder. Loving your new fall background. =0)

  6. This was such a good read, I had to make a post out of it on my own blog! Thanks for sharing!