Life can be hard!
People strive for whatever they feel will satisfy and they are willing to work very hard to get it. I watch them walk by with empty eyes, frowns on their faces, hurried steps. They have no time to look around them. They are focused on their needs and wants, because it is in these that they hope to find happiness and satisfaction.
I watched a portion of Home Makeover last night. They featured a family of seven people living in a house that was ready to crumble around them. They used paper plates to eat on because their kitchen cabinets could not hold the weight of regular plates. The support joists under their home were crumbling from termite damage. Their children shared one bedroom between five kids with two bunk beds. They had one bedroom closet between them.
Regardless of these things, the parents were infectious! They were the epitome of joy! They aimed to make their own home a happy one; teaching their children the happiness of family. They helped people with marriage problems in their spare time. They had very little, yet they laughed at their problems and wore a smile in the worst of situations. Really, it was what it was, but they made the best of it!
It made me realize that it isn't in receiving that we find true happiness. It is in choosing to be content and by helping others out, in loving and laughing without boundaries and in being thankful.
We forget to be thankful for what we have because we're so focused on the 'more' that's out there.
The strange irony of life is that satisfaction does not always come from receiving; the one with the most toys doesn't actually win because it is never enough. There are always bigger and better toys. It's a never ending cycle.
True satisfaction comes from giving! It may just be a smile, a hug, a cup of water, but it could mean everything to someone, and that will make both of you happy. Perhaps it's a gift of money or of time--whatever it is, it will bring happiness, though you're giving it away.
Our example in Christ is one of giving without boundaries. His life in exchange for ours. Not because we deserved it, but because He loves us. He exemplified joy and thanksgiving.
Maybe it's not so much about things...but more about how we see things, and how we treat others.
1 Timothy 6:9-11
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