Which of These do You Need to Give Up

The Greaest joy is that in Christ

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Which of these do you need to give up to be happy

Give up your need to always be right. Will you sacrifice a relationship because you have to always be right? Is it worth it?

Give up your need for control. Does it have to be your way or the highway? I have never met a happy person who is a control freak, but I have met many lonely ones.

Give up on blame. Do you always blame others when things don’t work out the way you want? I know a man who blames his father because his father couldn’t afford an expensive baseball mitt when he played little league. He still believes that is why he didn’t make it to the majors. The fact he was a crappy player completely escapes him and that was over forty years ago.

Give up your self defeating self talk.When I was a teacher and would inform the class we would be having a test next week, after class so many students would come up to me crying because they “knew” they were going to fail. I told them to begin with a positive attitude and study habits and they will pass no problem. They did and they passed.

Give up your limiting beliefs. You never know what you can do until you try. If you can’t do it you succeeded in knowing one of your limitations. But, you might be surprised of just what you can do.

Give up complaining. How do you expect to be happy if you are a constant wine puppy?

Give up the luxury of criticism. I know many people that no matter what you do, they can always find something to criticize about it. They usually eat lunch alone. If someone comes from a different culture than you, ask them to share it with you. You might not only make a new friend but a new hobby as well.

Give up your need to impress others. Be yourself and be happy, try to impress other and you will be miserable.

Give up your resistance to change. Oh come on, the day we stop changing is the day you’re dead. You need to constantly change or you will grow old fast.

Give up labels. Instead of labeling something you know nothing about like a different culture, go out and expand your mind. Bigots are people with big mouths and small minds.

Give up on your fears. Ninety percent of what you are afraid of will never happen.

Give up your excuses. Instead of making excuse for not trying, challenge to try something you always wanted to do, as long as it’s not destructive consider it an invigorating challenge .

Give up the past. Instead of constantly reliving the past “good old days” start creating even better present ones.

Give up attachment. When you become so attached to things they become your cruel master. I know a woman that was deeply attached to her car. Whenever I would ask her to take me for a spin she would either say “no we can’t, the u.v rays will damage the paint” or “no we can’t, the acid rain will destroy my babys paint.” Yet she would spend hours waxing and polishing the car just for it to sit in her garage. Duh.

Give up living your life to other people’s expectations. How many adult children are still trying to live up to their parents expectations? Find your niche in life and go for the gusto. If your parents can’t handle it, that is their problem, not yours. The same goes for other family, friends or boss.

Okay, now, how many do you need to give up?

You know, I read this list over and can’t find any I am stuck with. Do you think that is why I am such a happy man?

Well that and because I have the greatest love life. Jesus loves me and I love Him.

Prayer: Jehovah Yahew (God of His people) please show me what I must give up in order to gain the most special treasure there is, a deep loving relationship with You. I ask this in the name of our most loving savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Amen, thank you


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago Author

Hi Mhatter.

Your are very welcome.

God bless you.


teaches12345 profile image

teaches12345 4 years ago

After reading this, I find many things that I must consider how they affect my life. Thanks for the reminder of how we must let go of certain character traits in order to live freely and right before God.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago Author

Hi teaches.

I am very happy it has helped you.

I find that the closer I get to Christ, the less I desire anything eles.

God bless you.


Nikki Major profile image

Nikki Major 4 years ago

Awesome...I call these.... "strongholds". Many people have them, and it keeps many from succeeding.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago Author

Hi Nikki.

Yes unfortunately most people have these instead of Christ.

Because I have Jesus, I need nothing more.

God bless you.


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago Author

Hi Nikki.

Yes unfortunately most people have these instead of Christ.

Because I have Jesus, I need nothing more.

God bless you.

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