iLive…because there is so much to live for
January 7, 2009
In the 20s…the reality of the great depression set it with many bankers who could not deal with life after the stock market crashed. It was noted that rich businessmen were literally jumping out of windows. They would rather die than live lives devoid of lavish treats. But what about the rest of the people who were poor in the first place? How is it that when times went from bad to worse they remained steadfast? I know people say money can’t buy happiness and I must say I do agree. But, it does afford us opportunities and luxuries that a lack of funds simply cannot. Lets put things in perspective. Would you rather be fabulously wealthy without a friend in the world. Nobody to call, nobody to shop or travel or even share a meal with…..EVER….OR would you rather be dirt poor and have a plethera of friends. You spend your days laughing and sharing every moment with people you love and someone always has your best interest at heart. Ok sure these are pretty extreme opposites, but most of us have a middle ground. The point is that sometimes we place our happiness in things that don’t truly generate true happiness. Or, what may bring forth happiness in one season of our lives simply cant deliver when that season transitions into a new one leaving us feeling sad and emty all over again. We all have a yearning inside of us for fulfillment. We search the world high and low for that “something” that will make everything just right. Money is not always the answer. Nor is a great job, or a wonderful mate. Balance is important isnt it? We just want it all dont we? We will never stop wanting, because as soon as something new pops up we will be enchanted all over again. But way settle for merely being happy, especially since its usually ephemeral. Why not have joy?? Joy outlasts happiness. It also strengthens us to the core. Nehemiah 8:10 says: “…Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” What a beautiful power source to draw from. Of all the things the Lord could have given us to strengthen our spirits he gave us his joy.
Unfortunately we are facing economic hard times, and some people just can’t stand the heat. Lots of people seek hope through their finances, which is completely normal when you think about sustaining your lifestyle. But there is so much more to life than what money can buy. Think about the things in life that are so beautiful and pure and sweet….most of them are for free.
So as we continue to search for that “something” in life to make us feel complete…let us continue to seek God and his peace that surpasses our human understanding. People are feeling hopeless and are so stressed out…some are taking their own lives out of desperation. I have a scripture which is great for medatatoin and iHope it inspires you some how:
Philippians 4: 7-9 says: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”