Ice Breaker: Give a highlight and a lowlight from your last month.
1. Miserable people aren’t miserable because they lack the proper information. Miserable people are miserable because they fail to implement the truth. Discuss.
2. Three c’s of a miserable life:
a. Comparison – give an example from your life when comparison has left you miserable.
b. Criticism – does criticizing other people make you more joyful? Discuss.
c. Complaining – does complaining make challenges easier or harder? Discuss.
3. Comparison: comparison always leads to jealousy. Jealousy always leaves you miserable. Discuss the contrast in Proverbs 14:30:
"A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones."
a. John Wooden said:
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
4. Criticism: Misery loves company perfectly describes a constant critic. Discuss.
a. What does speaking the truth in love have to do with:
i. The relationship you have with the person you are correcting.
ii. The motives you have for correcting them.
b. Healthy, life giving relationships require five words of encouragement for every one word of correction. How are you doing:
i. In your marriage
ii. With your friends
iii. With your kids
iv. With your boss
v. With your employees
c. Gossip. Discuss in light of Luke 6:31.