I was waiting just off stage, listening for my cue to enter. In between lines and entrances, the two of us were sharing comments and mutterings. What I didn't realize was that mine were communicating a lot about my state of mind and conflicts in my heart. Perhaps I had criticized those in charge or complained about the show we were doing, I don't quite remember that much. What I do remember is what she said next. "If you hate it so much, why do you still do it?" The truth was, I didn't really hate it, but I certainly wasn't enjoying it either. Her question left me speechless but deeply reprimanded.
This was many years ago, but I remembered it the other day because I was arguing with myself on whether or not I was happy. As a believer in God and the saving power of Jesus' death, if I'm miserable, then I'm doing it wrong. With everything that comes with it (prayer, joy, hope, peace, salvation), I have every reason to be content and if I'm not, the fault is with me! Complaining and commiserating is a huge part of our culture today. So much so, that often we don't even realize how negative and miserable we sound to others.
This beautiful fall weekend is a great opportunity to live a great life! There's always something to complain about and get angry about. Join me in reminding myself and others around us why God is so good!
Well said. Sometimes we have a hard time allowing ourselves to be happy and content when we are some of the most fortunate people in the world. We are grateful for you and thankful that God brought you into our lives:)
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