A Few Ways To Ruin Your Life
A while back I somehow stumbled on a post entitled How To Ruin Your Life (Without Even Noticing That You Are) by Bianca Sparacino. I liked the premise of the article, which I see as “Your choices can ruin your life.” Your choices. Not what others do to you, not what happens to you, but your choices. The good side of that is we can choose something different. Even when we really mess up, we can choose to be different from this day forward. It might be really difficult, and it might take a long time for anyone to agree we have changed, but we can do it.
I’m going to riff on a couple of the things Bianca mentioned in her post.
You ruin your life by letting your past govern it.
Your past doesn’t have to determine your future. Letting it do that is the easy path, but it’s not the only choice. No matter what others did to you, you can get free of that. And no matter what you have done, you can get free of it. Granted some things are easier than others, and some things do leave a mark on us for the rest of our lives, but we are only victims of our past if we choose to be.
You ruin your life when you compare yourself to others.
God made you to be you and to do what He called you to do. In John 20 Peter looks at John and asks Jesus “Lord, what about him?” Jesus’ answer is basically “If I want something different for him, what is that to you? The only person I need to compare myself to is the one God wants me to be. Thinking about how I measure up to others is just wasting time and energy I could be using to move closer to how God sees me. If I get jealous because Fred has more money, Jack has a bigger house, or Ben’s wife chases him for sex, I am just making myself unhappy.
Have you made choices that are ruining your life? The good news is you can make new choices!
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