Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How To.

Title: Several Ways to Make Yourself Miserable

  • Count your troubles, name them one by one--at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Worry every day about something. Don't let yourself get out of practice. It won't add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.
  • Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.
  • Devise clever but decent ways to serve God and mammon. After all, a man's gotta live.
  • Make it your business to find out what the Joneses are buying this year and where they're going. Try to do them at least one better even if you have to take out another loan to do it.
  • Stay away from absolutes. It's what's right for you that matters. Be your own person and don't allow yourself to get hung up on what others expect of you.
  • Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people's. You have your life to live, they have theirs.
  • Don't fall into any compassion traps--the sort of situation where people can walk all over you. If you get too involved in other people's troubles, you may neglect your own.
  • Don't let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what's really relevant--things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones--they're where it's at now.


  1. ouch. how she knew to write about me, i don't quite know but she is spot on.

    is this from a book?

  2. Kae, I think she's writing about a multitude of us.
    I got this from an online source, but I am trying to find out if she wrote this in one of her books or published it in an article. I will let you know.

  3. Yes!
    I love E. Elliot, and I have read and re-read this so many times; and just poring over everything she says, really ;)

  4. Elizabeth Elliot is definitely an amazing woman.

  5. Wow thanks!
    Ive been looking for ways to make myself miserable
    This will be quite helpful :)

  6. wow. amazing wisdom. thanks for posting this =D

  7. wow thank you so much! this is incredible!