How do I make myself feel better

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Yesterdays sermon came from the first book of John chapter 3 verses eighteen through twenty-four. I am not sure what religion you ascribe to or if you are religious at all, but I am certain that the concept discussed in this part of first John can be used by anyone despite his or her religious affiliation.

This part of first John had to do with building ones confidence and making yourself feel better. When I was a kid I watched as many cartoons as my mom would let me. At the time I felt as though she hadn’t let me watch enough cartoons but looking back she was right to reign in me and my sisters tv watching time the way she did. While watching my cartoon shows something happened every fifteen minutes, it was called a commercial. I would watch this commercial and see the kids throwing around the newest nerf football and I was convinced that this would make me just as happy ad the kids in the advertisement. Looking back I laugh, but yesterday while I watched the football game I wanted in the span of four hours, to eat Doritos, buy an Audi, and drink the new Budweiser beer.
I thought when I was a child and even now sometimes that things would make me happy. I was wrong. It is believed that John wrote I John when he was advanced in age and when you read it you cannot help but feel that the old man is passing on some sage wise words and yesterdays words were. If you want to feel happy love everyone with action. His words were if you want to feel alive inside help someone else live.
This call to arms is not exclusive to the Christian faith. Charity is one of the five pillars of Islam, Tzedakah or charity is also a duty in Judaism, in Hinduism the third niyama or observance is charity, and one of the ten principles of the Bahai faith is also charity. Compassionate charity is so important in the book of John that the author writes that “Whoever does not love his brother does not know God” he also writes “let us not love each other in words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
I could pull scripture references from all sorts of religions, that highlight the importance of charity but seeing and being on the receiving end of charity should be proof enough. Charity helps everyone involved when it is done with compassion.
The best speech I have ever heard on charity comes from Bill Murray in the movie scrooged
” How did that happen?

That happened because it’s Christmas Eve.

I’m not crazy. It’s Christmas Eve.

It’s the one night when we all act a little nicer.

We…we smile a little easier. We…we…share a little more.

For a couple of hours we are the people we always hoped we would be.

It’s really a miracle because it happens every Christmas Eve.

And if you waste that miracle, you’re gonna burn for it. I know.

You have to do something. You have to take a chance and get involved.

There are people that don’t have enough to eat and who are cold.

You can go and greet these people.

Take an old blanket out to them or make a sandwich and say, “Here.”

“l get it now.”

And if you give, then it can happen, the miracle can happen to you.

Not just the poor and hungry, Everybody’s gotta have this miracle!

It can happen tonight for you all!

If you believe in this pure thing,

the miracle will happen and you’ll want it again tomorrow!

You won’t say, “Christmas is once a year and it’s a fraud.” It’s not!

It can happen every day! You’ve just got to want that feeling!

You’ll want it every day! It can happen to you!

I believe in it now.

I believe it’s gonna happen to me, now. I’m ready for it!

And it’s great. It’s a good feeling.

It’s better than I’ve felt in a long time.

I’m ready.

Have a Merry Christmas. Everybody.”


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