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People with a 'martyr attitude' do things out of the sense of duty, not joy. They feel guilty about enjoying life. They tend to begrudge happiness to those around them. They resent it when others don't do things for them, yet they won't ask for help in case they create a sense of obligation. The fact is, 'martyrs' don't value themselves so they think nobody else does. That's not how God wants you to live. The Bible says there's a time to laugh, and enjoy life, because “god's gift to us is ...happiness.' Jesus said, 'I came to give all its fullness' (John 10:10 NCV). You need fun and relaxation. They're not non-spiritual! Without them you become unbalanced and you open yourself to stress-related illness, mood swings and compulsive behaviors. You find yourself constantly vulnerable, driven and unable to relax.

Refuse to take on a false sense of responsibility. Don't neglect or deny your own legitimate needs. Yes, you're called to help others, but it's not wrong to do things for yourself, to receive from God, and those He sends to bless you. If somebody compliments you, accept it graciously. If they attempt to belittle you, ignore it and move on. One counselor writes: 'When you find yourself trying to prove how much you've been hurt, or trying to “top” someone else's pain, stop and figure out what's going on. The reward is learning to stop the pain and move into joy, peace and fulfillment.' David said, In your presence is fullness of joy' (Psalm 16:11 AMP). So begin to spend more time with God. You only get to make the journey once, so enjoy it and make it count.

Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Jam 1-2, Mark 12:13-17, Ps 72:12-20, Pr11:22

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