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|The more we share, the more we have to share|
In Zig Zeagler's book "See You At The Top," we find these words: "Service creates a healthy self-image." He notes that countries with the highest suicide rates are those where contribution and work are not seen as necessary; where people feel they have no value.
As I thought about this statement I thought about instant gratification. Want to instantly increase your sense of self worth? Help someone. Want to instantly enjoy the blessings in your life? Acknowledge them. What to instantly find a direction for your life? Live in obedience to God's will for your life. Want to instantly gain control of your life? Resist the next temptation.
I've been told the reason we don't lose weight on crash diets is because our system goes into a panic mode. It realizes that the proteins and nutrients our bodies need to function properly are not being added so the body begins to conserve energy. In other words, it holds onto the fat, thus the body eventually loses muscle mass and good health.
I wonder if our emotions and self worth follow a similar rule. The more our panic turns into selfishness, do we not experience a loss of energy and self-motivation? It would seem that the less we smile, there are fewer reasons to smile. The less we share, the less we have to share.
What if we deny the thought of giving up and instead, continue to be faithful? What if we refuse to become bitter and instead, we are grateful? What would happen if we were to resist the urge to become selfish and instead, continue to give?
For the rest of this column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.