No Empty Promise

And the one who received the seed in rich soil is the man who hears the word and understands it; he is the one who yields a harvest and produces now a hundredfold...

Matthew 13:23
Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalms 65:10-14; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23

We live in a world where people are becoming increasingly cynical and bitter and, thus, strangling the very spirit out of living. A seminary professor has painted a composite picture of “rules” followed by those who have joined their ranks. The “Miserable People,” he calls them:

First — feel sorry for yourself! What a terrific place to start! Nothing is more certain to make you miserable than self pity!

Second — worry about things that might happen but probably won’t. This is nearly as effective as self-pity!

Third — complain. Find fault with everything. Many people cultivate this into a fine art form.

Fourth — insist on always having your own way. After all, you know it all, don’t you?

Fifth — ridicule. What good is life if you can’t embarrass and hurt other people?

Six — overreact! Make a mountain out of a mole hill.

Seven — be self-centered! Don’t give a thought to others. Don’t help the needy, be sure not to…

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