I have to regularly remind myself “Don’t be the centre of your world”. I didn’t grow up having a relationship with Jesus. I’m still not ‘religious’ but I do have a relationship with Him. Living for God’s glory makes it much easier to live with the thought of being here for others rather than myself.
Following God’s word reminds me to be humble, kind, helpful, encouraging and joyful. When I get away from that, for me, I find I lose focus on those characteristics.
When I choose significance over success and helping others over myself then life is always so much richer.
When I live for the glory of God it makes it simple to do that for others. I can easily port that out to living for other people and not myself. Life quickly becomes so much more meaningful. When I do that it’s easy to be happy when others succeed, when someone else gets the glory.
Grace in life doesn’t just benefit the other person, it also rescues me from me. That makes it easier to do things for other people instead of myself as the centre of my world.
Every time I do that my life grows richer and richer.
That’s the only way to know true joy. Accumulating and accomplishing things for me never brings me joy. It might make me happy, but it doesn’t give me joy.
Choose Joy over happiness. Happiness always follows Joy.
Joy doesn’t always follow Happiness. (@michellebentley22 and I happened across this tree en route to Sedona on one of our trips. So beautiful)