Is What You Have Enough?

“Be happy with what you have and you will have plenty to be happy about.” — Irish Proverb

“With freedom, books, flowers, & the moon, who could not be happy?” — Oscar Wilde

“Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” — James 5:13

Last night I was on the phone with a friend—one that I usually end up listening to her vent about her latest issue with her world. She has struggled to stay calm in any storm, or avoid the storm in the first place. However to my surprise, in the couple months since we’ve spoken, something has changed. I asked her to give me the latest scoop and it all sounded so good. Naturally, I asked more questions, making room for her open up about what she found wrong within the good. But she didn’t have anything. Finally, after a few more questions, she responded, “I am happy with what I have.”

She went on to say of course it wasn’t all perfect and day-to-day there are struggles, but all in all, she was content with what she had and wasn’t pushing it to be anything else.

And I was a little shaken. I often saw my friend as pessimistic, but yesterday I recognized my tendency to assume there’s always something bad within the good—not just in her life, but in my own.

To be content with what you have doesn’t come after you’ve sought out everything that will make you happy. It’s a decision to recognize there is plenty to sing praises about right now. As Christians, one of our fundamental beliefs is that even the worst of days are part of our journey towards heaven. Sometimes it’s not that easy to keep that perspective, but we can at least try to simplify our racing thoughts and think for a second, wow. There is plenty to be happy about.

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