Are you miserable? Have you been? I caught myself saying “that sounds miserable” to someone the other day in response to a scenario they were describing. Upon walking away, the word “miserable” stayed in my head to play. You know how words do that? I gave it my attention for a minute and realized there was a way to murder misery with mind magic.
The root word of “miserable” is “miser”. I know a miser to be someone who does not share, who hoards resources, who purposefully cuts themselves off from anyone who might want access to what they have. I probably got this notion from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. I looked it up to be sure. I was close.
Definition of miser
mi·ser | \ ˈmī-zər \
: a mean grasping persona
especially : one who is extremely stingy with money
“Miser” is also the root word of “misery”. When we fail to connect and share what God has given us, we find misery. We become miserable.
Generosity is the mind magic that murders misery. Is it really this simple? Not always, but it can be.
So what do you have to share? Encouragement? Love? Wisdom? Money? Food? Joy? Patience? Time? Talent? Good news? Give it out – use it up! You might find a magic mind shift that really isn’t so magic at all.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Acts 20:35
God wants His kids to be joyful, not bogged down in misery. He wants us to give what He has given us. He has unlimited resources and we can refill our supply any time. We shouldn’t be misers with God’s abundant provisions. He will take care of us!
“Freely you have received; freely give.”Matthew 10:8b
We have no reason to be miserly. Let’s murder misery with mind magic. Lets turn our thoughts toward generosity and find joy!
“The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy.”Psalm 126:3
“But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.”Psalm 68:3