It has often seemed to me
That people appear to see
With eyes about as happy
As they want to be.
Another thought that turned up when I kicked an old shoe stuck in the mud, as I traveled the back roads of my mind.
“Most people are about as happy as they want to be.” A. Lincoln
Choices. Those darn ol’ choices. They keep popping up at the most inopportune times. Sometimes they turn out good. Other times those obstinate little things turn right against us. Still other times the little critters are so deleterious as to be downright scuddy sin itself.
An ounce of prudence. A dash of discernment. A pound of prayer. And still…
It often seems to be a matter of personal choice of perspectives, I suppose. Get stuck in the mud, sit down in the mud, and focus on the mud. Or kick off the shoes of thinking that are stuck in the mud, and walk on. Sound like I think it’s easy? Nope. I know it’s hard work. But oh, so worth it. Changing our choice of perspective, that is.
A good way to change our attitudes of undoing is primarily be sure they are not our master. Whom do we serve? Whom will we serve? Daily? There are, and will be, many muddy roads to be navigated. Choices. Attitude of mind, habits of thinking can make or break our choice of perspective. Our focus on our Savior is the only sure way.
“So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecc. 2:17
This is bible? Yes, but the very next chapter of Ecclesiastes says:
“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world (thinking), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2