As I have previously mentioned, I am a list person. I love lists.
I love the Guinness Book of Records because it is just full of lists.
I own the book 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die and recently bought 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die.
I even once owned a book called The Book of Lists.
I make a list in my diary of my day’s activities.
Personally, I am attracted to them because they are easy to read and to comprehend.
Take the following which I picked up on the internet titled How to be miserable in 19 easy steps.
1. Use ‘I’ as often as possible.
2. Always be sensitive to slights.
3. Be jealous and envious.
4. Think only about yourself.
5. Talk only about yourself.
6. Trust no-one.
7. Never forget a criticism.
8. Always expect to be appreciated.
9. Be suspicious.
10. Listen greedily to good things others say about you.
11. Look for faults in others.
12. Shirk your duties if you can.
13. Do as little as possible for others.
14. Never forget a good deed you may have done.
15. Sulk if people are not grateful to you.
16. Insist on consideration and respect.
17. Demand agreement for your own views on everything.
18. Love yourself first.
19. Be selfish at all times.
All very negative, you might say, but if we honestly examine ourselves we might find a lot of this applies to ourselves at various times.
How, then, do I make a positive out of a negative, if I see characteristics of myself in the list? Simply reverse it.
The Bible encourages us to change our thinking so it does not conform to the world.
With God’s help we can do that and consequently the list becomes How to be contented in 19 easy steps.
- George Deeble, Euroa Christian Fellowship