Sometimes I feel like I can do much. Sometimes I feel like I can do little.
Sometimes I feel like I have enough money to meet my needs and a few of my wants.
Sometimes I feel like I don’t have enough money for anything.
These are basis fears that many people have. I just happen to be on of them.
I think that, sometimes, I am losing my mind. Conflicted in my thinking, my feelings, in my soul.
Then I come full circle back to the basics; what I truly feel in my core and that is, I was never suppose to feel any of those ways in the first place. We ought not to think too highly of ourselves and our “station” in life and at the same time, too lowly of ourselves. We ought to think Jesus.
Do you know anyone who is caught up in their careers and making money. Moving up the ladder. Buying stuff like new cars, new “big boy or girl” toys, fine jewelry and traveling all about and not really going anywhere? And as much as it seems that they have, they have nothing without Jesus.
For whatever you have, it can all be taken away from you. Take for example folks that try to have a bunch of stuff. Much of it is financed. They depend upon the continuance of their income, at the levels they are accustomed to as a means of supporting their habit. Luxury living I suppose they would call it. But what if something happened and their income was reduced or taken away? Their Luxury living would be taken away and since they have placed their happiness in “things” and since those things were rented, their happiness can be taken away also. Then what? Depression, Despair or something like that?
My Christian teachings tell us not to place our happiness in things, here on earth where it can be destroyed, stolen or taken away but rather to store our treasures in heaven where it can never be lost. (Matthew 6:20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6:20&version=KJV ) Now, I don’t want to get into a study of the scriptures and I am not a Biblical scholar, but there you have it. Rather, I want to appeal to your personal experiences, logic and reason. Don’t you know someone like I am describing here?
And even if these folks never lose their “stuff” due to economic changes, are those folks really happy. They always want more stuff. They never truly find happiness. It’s like, well if I only had a bigger house, more expensive car, whatever. Things don’t make you happy. Only the peace that transcends all understanding can do that. (Philippians 4:7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+4:7&version=KJV )
So it would be reasonable to spend time seeking those things that provide real happiness and, as important, teach others around you to do the same. That way, you can surround yourself with people who are truly happy. Other wise, you may find yourself emerged around some of the most unhappy people who are always trying to be “one up” on everybody. Those type of people will be the “back stabbing”, lying, cheating types. Is that what you want. If so, maybe you need to run for a political office in Washington.
What do you think. Leave a comment and lest us open the discussion for “more true happiness”.
Dave Gilliland – Monroe, LA – firstname.lastname@example.org – 318-343-9992