Why aren’t we happy?

Today has been an absolutely beautiful day! The air was crisp and free of the humidity that has been drowning us for days on end now. When we were having a drought we prayed for rain, we got so much rain that we started complaining and wishing for it to be dry. When it was cold we prayed for the warmth of the sun, when it gets hot we look forward to the Fall of the year to the time it will get cool again. So I guess the point is this, why is it we are never happy with our current status? Young people want to be older, older people are having face-lifts and getting shots of Botox and fillers to try to look younger. The thin want their figures to be curvier while their counterparts are spending money trying to lose their curves. I was surprised when I was talking to a girl about my current diet when she looked at me and said, “You don’t know how many nights I have lain awake and cried because my legs are so skinny. I would give anything to have legs like yours!” I was stunned because I loved her skinny legs! If your hair is curly you buy flat irons and chemical straighteners, if it’s straight you get perms and curling irons, men who are bald wear toupee’s while men with a full head of hair shaves theirs!

Luke 12:22-24 Jesus said, “Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more.” 

So my friend, why are you complaining? My dad used to tell about something he read when he was a boy; it was a sign that said, “I complained because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.”  The Apostle Paul said to the Philippians 4:11 “Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”

Now let me quote one of my old favorites from Popeye the Sailor who always said, “I am that I am and that’s all that I am!”

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