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Friday, August 19, 2016

Think About It

How Are You Doing?
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

How well are you doing? Does your life suck? Are you happy? Could life be better? What would make it better or worse? Do you blame others for where you are in life? Do you blame yourself? These questions and many more are often found in the hearts of people. If you were to ask them how they were doing, the answer would probably be, “Not well”.

Social media has many positive attributes. We get to stay in touch with people that we don’t often see. We get to see pictures of our family members when they live far away. It can actually be a great tool for happiness and fulfillment, but it also can be a very destructive tool when we use it to compare.

For some, social media has become a place to get affirmation. We post things that will bring positive comments. Some are interested in how many likes and comments they get on their posts. Selfies, those self-portraits that many post on their walls, show life in a positive context. Have you ever noticed that almost all of the posts are about positive experiences? When do people actually post about what life is really like. Their post of their vacation on the beach, or the new house they just bought quickly answers the question “How are you doing”. Obviously they’re doing great, and compared to you, your life sucks. The grass needs mowed, everyone is on vacation except you, you’re living paycheck to paycheck and someone has to ask the question how you’re doing?

I had a friend whose life seemed to go from one bad experience to another. I asked them to rate each day on a scale of 1-10 and get back to me in a month. Interestingly they averaged over a 6 for each day. When we talked about it later we were able to discover that they tended to major on the negative and lost sight of the bigger picture. So when asked how they were doing, they interpreted their response from their negative view. Perhaps if we learned to count our blessings we’d have a different bigger picture. Think about it.