4/13 Strength for Today

“I” Problems

Ecclesiastes 2:11
“Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”

It is interesting to note that in verses 1-11 the preacher talks about what all he did. Eight times in this chapter you will notice the word “me.” Everything he did was for “me” or “I.” This is why he had no satisfaction, for when you do things for yourself that is selfish, and self is never satisfied. He looked for happiness by satisfying himself, and that did not satisfy. He tried collecting possessions and wealth looking for happiness, and still found no happiness. Everything to this man was all about "me" or “I.” This preacher had a serious case of “I” problems.

In today's world we are constantly being pushed to live to satisfy ourselves. Advertising pushes us to satisfy ourselves. TV programs push us to do what is best for us. Society pushes us not to get involved in something that does not benefit us. Christian, living for yourself will never satisfy. Doing everything for you will only create a dissatisfaction in life. Life will never be satisfying until you learn to live for others.

Are you like the preacher in this chapter who had “I” problems? Does everything on the job have to be about you? When conversing with people, does everything in the conversation have to be about you? If you don't get your way at home, do you get upset? Are you having marriage problems because of your “I” problems? Are you not getting along with your parents because of “I” problems? Do you find that you can’t get along with your brothers and sisters because of “I” problems? Are you constantly dissatisfied with every church that you have attended and every pastor you have had because of “I” problems.

Watch yourself that you don't get so wrapped up in you that you become miserable because of your “I” problems. Learn to take yourself out of every picture and instead put others in the picture. You will find that if you do this you will enjoy what you see.

The day that you learn that life is not about “me,” “myself” and “I” is the day that life will start having meaning and fulfillment. Stop looking at yourself and start looking at others and you will find the feeling of satisfaction for which you have been looking.

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