Mother's Day brought great reminders of the joys of raising my children. We come into this world crying for what we want to make up happy. In those early months, happiness is easily obtained with a full stomach, dry/clean bottom and a gentle touch. Our wants and needs are simple.
With the addition of years, the wants and desires increase. Our children want an endless supply of junk food, unlimited screen time, always moving bedtime, and total freedom of choice. They think this will make them happy, but we, as adults, understand why these are bad choices. Their happiness would be temporary at best. The consequences of these happiness desires will surely lead to unhappiness for them and many of those in their wake.
The materialistic world has taught us we will only be happy if we have----FILL IN THE BLANK. It is a shifting target based upon current fads and how deep our pockets are. In fact, many do not wait for a full pocket, but use plastic to fulfill what they think will make them happy. I will never forget the question when I expressed a desire for yet another house project, "Now will THIS make you happy?" One project always leads to another and there is never an end to home improvement plans. We spend far too much time comparing what we have to what others have and staring at "HG TV". The outdoor kitchen is great proof of my point--after all HOW MANY DAYS can you actually use this multi thousand dollar improvement. Let me assure you, this rainy year in Louisiana, there have been few days to cook outdoors.
The phrase "God wants us happy," is the way man has made God into man's image. It is the character the world has given God and not defensible in His Word. I beg to differ, God does not necessarily want us happy. Happy is a temporal term. Here today and gone tomorrow, our happiness is a moving target. Man is seldom satisfied with what he thinks will make him happy. God understands these fleeting desires of the worldly man and has a better plan for us.
God does want us content-