Editorial

What is the Meaning of It All? Are You Satisfied?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

In Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 we read the words, "It is useless, useless," said the Philosopher, (David's son). "Life is useless, all useless. You spend your life working, laboring and what do you have to show for it."

We've all gone through these feelings from time to time and some of you may be having these thoughts right now. "Is it really worth the trouble to keep trying? Can I ever be really happy? What can really satisfy my needs?" Now there's a good question. What would it take to satisfy your needs and make you happy? This reminds me of a story I heard once.

"A hillbilly family that lived deep in the hills was visiting the big city and they were in a mall for the first time in their lives. The father and son were strolling around while the wife shopped. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again. The boy asked, "Paw, what's that?" The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, 'Son, I dunno. I ain't never seen anything like that in my entire life, I ain't got no idea'r what it is.' While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a heavy set, real old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small circular number above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until it reached the last number and then the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Then the walls opened up again and a gorgeous, eye-popping 24 year-old blonde woman stepped out. The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman as she walked away, said quietly to his son, 'Boy...go gitcha 'Momma.'

Doesn't sound like he was to satisfied with what he had!

So what does it take to make you happy or satisfied? What is the "secret" of life? Over the years I've seen a lot of cartoons about someone climbing a mountain up to the top where a wise man is sitting on a rock and when the climber gets to him, he asks him, "What is the meaning of life", or "What's the secret of life", and the wise man always says something funny. So what is the "secret"?

Well, this also reminds me of a story I heard once, it goes something like this:

One day, one friend asked another, "How is it that you are always so happy? You have so much energy, and you never seem to get down." With her eyes smiling, she said, "I know the secret!" "What secret is that?" asked the friend to which she replied, "I'll tell you all about it, but you have to promise to share the secret with others. The secret is: I have learned there is little I can do in my life that will make me truly happy. I must depend on God to make me happy and to meet my needs. When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to supply according to HIS riches. I have learned most of the time I don't need half of what I think I do. He has never let me down. Since I learned that 'secret', I am happy."

The questioner's first thought was, "That's too simple!" But upon reflecting over her own life she recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her happy, but it didn't! She thought a better paying job would make her happy, but it hadn't. When did she realize her greatest happiness? Sitting on the floor with her grandchildren, playing games, eating pizza or reading a story, a simple gift from God.

Now you know the secret too! We can't depend on people to make us happy. Only GOD in His infinite wisdom can do that. All you have to do is just trust HIM! In 1 Peter 3: 10-12, Peter tells us, "Whoever wants to enjoy life and wishes to see good times must keep from speaking evil and stop telling lies. He must turn away from evil and do good; he must strive for peace with all his heart. For the Lord watches over the righteous and listens to their prayers; but He opposes those who do evil."

In Matthew 22: 34-40, we read that when the Pharisees asked Jesus which commandment in the law was the greatest, Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. The second most important commandment is like it; Love others as you love yourself."

In Matthew 5: 43-48, Jesus tells us that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. So what is the "secret" to true happiness and really enjoying life; "Living the way that God would want you to live and to honor Him in everything you do."

Now that I have passed the secret on to you what will you do? You have to tell someone else the secret! That God in His wisdom will take care of You! But it's not really a secret,... we just have to believe it and do it. Really trust God! May you and yours always be happy and satisfied with what you have.