We all want to matter. We all desire to live a life where beautiful fruit is the end result of our efforts. And we all want to wake up each day and feel joy inside, knowing that our life has special meaning. At least I do.
I am loving this bible study, especially these "one liners" that knock my socks off and open my eyes to so much truth. I started writing with one of these one liners and the more I think about it, the more I see how very true it is.
Life happens to all of us. Good things in life, difficult things in life. Things that make us smile and things that make us cry. Even though life happens, and it's not always easy, it is possible to still be filled with joy no matter which way the see-saw is tilting at the time.
Many times when we are unhappy our first thought is to figure out what someone else needs to do to make us happy. We say things like..."If you would just ______ then I would be happy." Ever said or thought anything like that? Just fill in the blank. During those times we are determined that someone elses change in behavior will surely make us happy.
I am not saying that change in behavior doesn't matter, because it can definitely help, but what I am saying is that usually when we are unhappy it is because the condition of heart is not healthy. Something is missing. Something is in our lives that shouldn't be there. Our thoughts are pessimistic and nothing anyone can do or say will change them. We get stuck thinking we are the victim and we feel sorry for ourselves. We look at everything we don't like instead of the things we do like. We find ourselves in this cycle and it is tough to escape.
So I agree with the one liner. Many times we need a heart check-up much more than we need our husband or whoever else to do what we want them to do.
There have been times I have begged for things that I thought would make me happy. And they didn't. I later realized it was my heart that needed attention, healing and restoration....and nothing else.
So check yourself today. Check your own heart...instead of spending your energies on changing your circumstances.