Earlier today Old Fuzzy had to take one of our vehicles to get the key rekeyed. He had to work on the van and when he replaced the item it threw the starter out of the program with the computer.
He had found a wonky way around the problem but it wasn’t a good or permanent solution. Of course, that got me thinking about how easy it is to get away from the program and forget who we are as Christians.
Today was rainy and cool. Even though it wasn’t a perfect autumn day, it wasn’t a bad day either. We’ve needed rain so badly for a couple of years, and having regular rain for the last two weeks is refreshing. Yet, some people get fretful on days without sun.
We have had sunshine and rain intermittently through this rainy time. Enough of both to make almost everyone happy, but there is the rub as Shakespeare would say…
Happiness: “If you see a woman chugging chocolate chips directly from the bag in the grocery aisle, I would advise leaving her alone.”
I wonder about people who don’t like chocolate—what do they use for happiness? Of course, Julie Andrews in Sound of Music encouraged everyone to think of their favorite things. But amongst those favorite things should be something chocolate.
We are told to count our blessings and that’s good advice. Mentally or even on paper listing our blessings can help—focusing on positive things and getting out of wallowing in the negative.
Having friends who look on the bright side of life is also helpful. Thankfully Eeyore had friends that encouraged him in a positive manner. And we need to work at being positive people.
In the words of the song “Living Below in this old world of sin… where can I go but to the Lord?” No matter how good my friends and neighbors are. No matter how loving my family is, the one that is the greatest comfort is God. At times we all need to get in touch with our core.
Ecclesiastes “7:1 A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one’s birth. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.”