The Most Important Rule!

". . . and when they found Him they said, Everybody is looking for you"

Mark 1:37
Job 7:1-4,6-7; Psalm 147:1-6; I Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39

A wise old preacher compiled a list of “rules” people follow who seem devoted to making things miserable for themselves and others — taking the joy out of life in the process.

Rule number one: Feel sorry for yourself. This is a perfect place to start. Nothing is more certain to make you miserable than self-pity. 

Rule number two: Worry! Focus on things that could happen but won’t. All kinds of worrisome things might happen if you look for them. 

Rule number three: Complain! Find fault with everything. There is no person or thing in which an expert complainer cannot find flaws. 

Rule number four: Insist on always having your own way. Don’t cooperate. Don’t compromise. Don’t ever give in.  

Rule number five: Ridicule! Make someone else as miserable as yourself.

Rule number six: Overreact! Make a mountain out of a molehill. Accentuate the negative. Emphasize the worst in people.

Rule number seven: Be self-centered! Don’t be…

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