How to be Miserable and Enjoy It
In every conversation, use “I”, “me” and “my” as often as possible. Center all your thoughts on your own interests, whatever you do or like and never become interested or concern about others.
Romans 15:1-2 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.”
If the first suggestion does not sound good to you, then this one will work. Compare what you have (or do not have) with everyone you know. Determine to devote your life to having more that any of those them. But the Hebrew write says:
Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Don’t trust anyone, especially anyone who might be in competition with you. When another person is honored or praised, explain to everyone that you could have done better. Envy everyone else their success and their happiness.
Romans “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” v.15 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”
Make everyone walk on eggshells around you for fear of offending you. Look for insults in the comments of others, even when none are intended. And then return their supposed insults and slights, humiliating them for speaking to you.
Proverbs “WHOSO KEEPETH HIS MOUTH AND HIS TONGUE KEEPETH HIS SOUL FROM TROUBLES.”
In order to be truly miserable a good memory is essential. When someone has criticized you – or even if you just suppose they did – don’t ever forget it or let them forget it. As they say misery loves company.
Philippians 2:3 “3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
If a rumor begins about someone else, tell those you see that you suspected it all along. Expect the worst from others and you will usually get it. If an action could have been motivated by greed or envy, assume that it is – then tell everybody. Be like the scribes and Pharisees in their attitude toward Jesus:
Mark “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?”
Make sure everyone knows of your opinions and then sulk and pout with disappointment when others disagree. Or if others don’t do something just the way you thought it should have been done complain loud and long and show them the error of their ways. Do this without fail if the ones you are displeased with are the elders or preacher in the congregation where you attend.
Hebrews 13:7 “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”
Be proud of the occasional charitable act, or good thing that you might have done for someone. If people don’t already know about it tell them. Be offended if they don’t praise you or appreciate your graciousness as much as you do.
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
And there are more but these are more than sufficient. But then you might be perfectly miserable without following these guidelines. If you are; think on these things and the wisdom of God that we have presented in this short lesson.
William L. Schwegler; Sunset