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May I ask you a question? How seriously do you take yourself? If you’re always worried about what people might be saying about you or or viewing your actions, your manner, your character, your body, are you probably taking yourself way too seriously? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

“Laugh at Yourself!” Read Ecclesiastes 7: 19-22, Key verse(s): 21- 22 “Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you–for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.” How seriously do you take yourself? Take this simple quiz. 
 A. When someone is looking in my direction do I think that they are looking at me?
 1. Maybe, but who cares? 2. Possibly, but maybe it’s the person over there! 3. Of course and I wonder why? B. When someone I trust and love is rumored to have said something critical of me, I ...
 1. Assume the rumor is false? 2. Try to discover the truth of the situation. 3. Feel hurt and begin to wonder if they were right? C. When I look into the mirror in every morning, I see ... 1. A work of art? 2. A work in progress? 3. A work in need of repair? If you scored less than five, you are well adjusted and it is safe to go out into the world today. If you scored between five and six, you have adjusted to your lot in life but still have some doubts about why you have turned out this way and where you are going. If you scored seven or above, well, perhaps it is better to go back to bed today. It could be a long day. How seriously do you take yourself? If you are always worried about what people might be saying about you or how they might be viewing your actions, your manner, your character, your general physique, you are probably taking yourself way too seriously. You probably need to loosen up a little bit. In truth, the reason so many of us feel a high level of insecurity about ourselves is because we lack Lincoln’s confidence. He knew who held the key to his future. It is the fear of the unknown that often propels us into worrying too much about the opinions of others. The next time you are concerned about what others might be saying about you or how they might be viewing you personally, remember this: God sees you naked every day, physically and spiritually, and He hasn’t tossed you out of the barrel yet. Don’t focus too much on your- self. Keep a sense of humor at all times and remember, the best way to gain the confidence that leads to the ability to laugh at yourself is to be yourself. You can’t be cheerful until you forget yourself. And you can’t for- get yourself until you remember others. We pray: Heavenly Father, thanks for making us as we are. We are the work of your hands and each of us has a special purpose in this life. Help us to remember that it isn’t what others say that is important. Rather it is what we do to reflect you that really matters. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen! Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else. If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ”This Passing Day!” <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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