A man went to a psychiatrist complaining he was unhappy with life. The doctor then informed him that he needed to find his true inner self. He instructed him to discover that secret hidden part of his being by pealing away all of the outer layers until he found his hidden core like the core of an apple. A week later the disappointed man returned and informed the doctor that he discovered he was not an apple but an onion.
The man would have been much better off if he had read his Bible instead. Scripture tells us that we find meaning and purpose in using our energies to serve God. Spending time on deep introspection without including God will only lead us into greater confusion and despair.
Emotions are generally not changed by knowledge, but by actions. That’s why one of the best cures for depression or anxiety is to spend some time serving God by serving others.
Following God’s counsel makes us redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.