Last year, I took a conscious effort to make decisions that made me happy. I was tired of going out of my way to help friends who really weren’t friends and were just in my life to take and not looking to give back.
Tired of being nice and showing love to colleagues who didn’t even love or look out for their other colleagues. Tired of being stuck in the same place out of fear of change.
Looking back, I’m glad I decided to start doing things for myself. I cut off a lot of so called friends, started treating colleagues as colleagues and not going out of my way to build friendships. I also quit my job after months of being tired of the environment and almost getting depressed.
I remember when I dropped my resignation letter, when I got home, it was the happiest I had been all year. I cried out of joy and even though I had gotten a new job, the excitement of leaving was more than the excitement I had when I got the offer.
“Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.””
Mark 12:29-31 MSG
First, love God and then your neighbor as yourself. If you’re loving others more than yourself, you’re not obeying. We even have to learn to love ourselves so we can then love others.
I’m not teaching you to be selfish but “you can’t pour from an empty cup“. If you’re not happy, it’ll be really difficult making someone else happy.
Today, ask the Holy Spirit to help you start making decisions you’ll be happy about. Do things for yourself.