Some people seem to be successful and have it all together despite how they thrive on being ruthless or dishonest. They seem to enjoy being angry, bitter, scheming, or greedy.
Or, they merely seem to enjoy these things.
When I encounter people like this, who appear to be doing well despite their selfish or otherwise hurtful actions, I let Dr. Phil do the talking.
How’s that working for you?
Don’t you wonder if things really are somehow going well for them?
Imagine waking up each day as someone who regularly deceives others or doesn’t trust his employees. Imagine what it feels like to negatively manipulate people and avoid getting close to them. Imagine judging others constantly.
Imagine living one life in front of your friends and another life behind their backs.
Do you think it is actually working out for these people? Are they getting what they really want?
Everything may appear to be fine, but it isn’t. At least, not long term. There is no enjoying life for those who are busy ruining it for others. There are undeniably huge cracks in the foundation which will become more obvious over time.
Don’t be fooled. Don’t be tempted by their lifestyle. Don’t desire to be like them because they seem to have it all.
It’s not working for them. It’s a house of cards soon to collapse.
It’s not like these people are having a wonderful time being mean to you. Or cheating you out of money. Or manipulating you. Or being a successful workaholic at the expense of close relationships.
They might be a slave to these things. You never know.
But let’s agree on one thing.
No one gets to pass on suffering. No one is able to dodge pain or frustration or hardship. No one can avoid problems for long. It just doesn’t happen.
The sun rises, and the rain falls on the evil and the good alike.
And when you do encounter these miserable manipulators and deceivers — and you will — remember you can break the cycle of negativity. At least for moment.
But how? Well, two ways.
Love them. And pray for them. That’s how.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Write down the specific people in your life who frustrate you to no end. Place this list on your mirror and use it as a reminder to love and pray for them.