Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Does God's love outrank your troubles?
A friend and I were discussing whether it was possible to wake up 365 days a year with a smile on your face. My answer was a quick NO, that obviously I couldn't because she happened to accidentally witness that horrible attitude that I blogged about awhile back. She then kindly said I was entitled to a bad day/bad mood. To which I quickly disagreed. Then obviously I had to prove 'why not'. After a moment of thinking, and another statement that led me down this road, I realized the answer.
The reason I'm happy, the reason I have joy, peace, love, and contentment in my life, is simply because He loves me. And because of that love, I'm reaping the benefits of a change in lifestyle, a change in attitude, a change in perspective, and especially, through all those things, a change in circumstances. My life, mind and body have been changed thanks to His loving mercies and grace towards me. My relationships with others have changed, thanks to His relationship with me. Now, if that's why I'm happy, every day, then why would I be unhappy?
Ok, let's just say my workload just increased, I'm not going to get paid any extra, and my boss is no longer kind and generous, but frustrated, angry and always on my case. Sounds pretty bad so far to me. Do the reasons I just gave you, OUTRANK the reasons for my joy? My made up problems do sound bad to me, but, so far the problems haven't even come close to the blessings.
If the only reason to be in a bad mood is if the bad outweighs the good, what kind of scale are you using??? Or is it that we've just given ourselves permission to be grumping, a sense of entitlement, because we're not normally grumpy. Why can't Christians be expected to have joy all the time? I know at least one person that will argue, being happy, and having joy isn't the same thing. So I'm going to ask, what is the difference? Can joy and unhappiness exist together? And, even still, do we have any reason to be unhappy?
That's not to say that I don't allow people to mourn, there is a time for mourning, and a time for weeping, there even really seems to be a time for sorrow. But, does that mean God approves of us mourning, and weeping, and sorrowing over temporal earthly things like whether my washing machine has broken down or not?
I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.
I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No.Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No.I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.