John 13:13-17 (AMP) 13 You call Me the Teacher (Master) and the Lord, and you are right in doing so, for that is what I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher (Master), have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you this as an example, so that you should do [in your turn] what I have done to you. 16 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, A servant is not greater than his master, and no one who is sent is superior to the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed and happy and to be envied are you if you practice them [if you act accordingly and really do them].
The more we keep our mind off of ourselves the happier we will be. The washing of the feet was not about the feet but about doing insignificant things for other people. Nobody was higher than Jesus, yet he put on a servants towel and washed the stinky feet. If you know who you are in Christ then you know you have nothing to prove and you are not belittled by doing menial tasks for other people. A good way to keep yourself in check is to do little things for people. If you are willing to add value to people’s lives then it will increase your own joy.
It’s super easy to just get ourselves on our mind all day. We are born selfish; we don’t have to try to be that way. It’s easy to think about everything we want that we will think will make our lives better. We should really try to be thankful for what God has already given us and let Him give us what we need rather than complain about the things God has given us that we now have to take care of. We need to pray from an already thankful heart for what we need.
Getting our own way only brings us momentary happiness – when we lay down at night we are still the same person. We need to learn how to be happy from the inside out rather from the outside in.
Be happy in God because He loves us and sent His son to die for us not for what He does for us.
It’s amazing what we think our problem is when in reality we are the biggest problem we have. ~Joyce Meyer