Apostle Grace Lubega
Proverbs 15:15 (KJV); All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
In psychology, there is a personality trait of persons who are victims. These are persons who perpetually consider themselves as life’s casualties, constantly tossed about by other people’s ‘selfish’ actions and by unforgiving circumstances.
Because they victimise themselves, they never run out of bad experiences.
Our theme scripture points to this category of persons. They are ‘the afflicted’ and so their days are perpetually evil. The message rendering of this scripture puts their plight more succinctly. It says, “a miserable heart means a miserable life.”
A victim is like a basket that one attempts to pour water into. He or she may attach an intravenous drip to your finances, if you ever make the mistake of disconnecting them from it, they will blow a gasket and wish you in hell and beyond. With a victim, nothing you ever do will be enough.
As believers, God has called us to be interdependent, not inappropriately dependent. Your life was never designed to be at the mercy of another. If, by self-examination, you realise that you have victimised yourself for so long, make the decision to change your mindset.
One of the greatest freedoms in life is the freedom to choose your own attitude. In the arena of growth and success, personal responsibility is paramount. Cease grumbling about what your uncle, sister or brother did or did not do for you. Shine the torch of reflection into your heart and ask why you are in the situation that you are in. Embrace the kind of change that starts with you, and not with others.
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 12:12, Proverbs 17:22
GOLDEN NUGGET: As believers, God has called us to be interdependent, not inappropriately dependent. Your life was never designed to be at the mercy of another. If, by self-examination, you realise that you have victimised yourself for so long, make the decision to change your mindset.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I know that I am more than a conqueror. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can never be a victim of people or of circumstances because I am seated in Christ, far above all principalities, powers and dominions. This is the wisdom and understanding with which I live. In Jesus’ name, Amen.