That’s a creed from Reality Therapy. It’s true. In fact, we were created to do what is best for us. Sadly, sin corrupts and twists and clouds our thinking so that, at least in relational and moral decisions, humans most often make the wrong decision first.
We will act in self-interest but to many, that decision causes us to engage in sex outside of marriage, lie, cheat, steal (the government, that business, those people have more than enough. They won’t miss it), covet, ignore our Creator etc. etc..
In reality, following what our Creator says is best for us IS in our best interest - even when it seems counterintuitive - i.e. loving our enemies, giving away in order to get, dying to self in order to live.
It comes down to being led by God, or trying to be the master of our fate and the captain of our souls. It’s one or the other in any given circumstance.
Most of us try to do the right thing at various times throughout our lives. Those who follow Jesus do so because it is an honour and a privilege to server the One who saved us. Not just that, but NOT following Jesus isn’t just a little bit worse, it’s horrifically worse regarding the quality of life.
To not just act different, but to BE different is, at least for me, like an out of body experience. To watch Jesus change me and mold me and shape me into a man of integrity is bizarre and strange and wonderful. To have Him move me toward being the kind of man, father, and husband that I should be is beyond my wildest dreams.
Trying to be good simply doesn’t last. Acting good doesn’t last. Checking off a list of moral guidelines leads to a life of boredom and defeat.
Thank you Lord for changing my soul.