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Thought and Prayer for Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday, March 07, 2016

March 7, 2016 WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME

Many of us suffer because we have the "what's in it for me" syndrome. We are always looking at things from our own selfish perspective rather than looking at things from a Christian perspective. We get upset when things don't go our way. We feel aggravated when others don't pay attention to us. We get our feelings hurt when people say things that offend us. However, all we are doing is creating our own suffering. All we are doing is making things worse for ourselves. That is why God tells us when we are more concerned with others rather than ourselves, we will find joy.

Deuteronomy 28:47-48a "If you do not serve the LORD your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you. You will be left hungry, thirsty, naked, and lacking in everything." (NLT)

Dear Lord, we want to serve only You. But sometimes we get distracted about what we want. Sometimes we get distracted about how we feel. Sometimes we look at what is in it for us and forget we are supposed to be serving You and helping others. Remind us daily we are only creating our own suffering when we seek worldly pleasures. Remind us daily to go to Your word and seek only You so we can serve only You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

When we serve and help others, we are also serving God.

Serving others takes our minds off of us and on them.

Serving others reminds us it is God who is in control, not us.

We need to stop trying to take control of getting what we want so we will have real joy in serving God.

When we put into action generosity from our faith and stop thinking only about us, we will suffer less and have more joy.

Philemon 1:6 "And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ." (NLT)

Focus: We need to look for ways to help others rather than thinking only what is in it for us.
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