The day finally came when the children had all flown the coop. I looked around and saw a house more than 30 years old that had not seen much updating beyond paint. I set off on a quest to not only update the house, but turn it into the haven to live out my days in.
At last the only thing unchanged was the kitchen---a HUGE project. I consulted the experts and came up with a plan. When I shared my vision, I will never forget the following statement--AND WILL THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY? I was so focused on completing the project-and convinced this was the next right step--that I ignored the obvious.
OH--how I loved that new kitchen! It had it all---including a butler's pantry. It was an absolute joy to cook and work in.
Within weeks of finishing the complete house remodel, my marriage suffered a blow from which it never recovered. And the house I had worked long hours perfecting was passed on to another.
This is NOT a story about marriage--this is a story of our continual quest for the next thing--the next change--the next remodel--whatever your next is to complete the picture---make you happy---satisfy the longing to fulfill your needs.
I was so busy climbing the ladder to the perfect house, that I failed to notice my legs were being chopped off an inch at a time.
I was whirling around in a circle trying to grab the brass ring--when I already had the gold ring.
And so, I have learned to be content with what I have--where I am--and who I am. Forget all the other--for it truly can be stripped away in the blink of an eye. "If I've struck gold, why go in search of brass?" There is no need to look beyond what I have today--the true gold in my life---my deep relationship with My Father.