The Pastor's Peace - February, 2018
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Well, I have to say that 2018 has been off to a bit of a lackluster start. I really shouldn’t complain, because the things that are truly important are going well for me. It is just that the weather, and sickness, and other inconveniences of life have been a bit more distracting than usual. As I write this it is snowing yet again, and yet again, I am thinking about church this Sunday and whether or not people will be able to make it. I will certainly be looking forward to Spring this year.

As I said already, however, I really don’t have much to complain about. I have a roof over my head, food, a great wife, my health, and a cute dog. What else do I really need? That is the thing about happiness and contentment though. Even when we seemingly have all we really need, we sometimes feel as if it is not enough. Many companies selling things would love you to feel that way as well. They will tell you that some new object (car, or food, or whatever) is going to be that thing that does provide happiness and contentment--but it won’t. You might feel joy for a bit, but if you have the essentials of life covered, and you still don’t feel some level of contentment, then new shoes aren’t going to fix that.

All of this is, of course, somewhat tied to expectations and what we feel equals success or how we feel others judge us. This is one area that we can turn to Christ for, even though we don’t talk about that as much. We are usually focused on salvation and forgiveness, but knowing that we are loved by God, and that we are OK as we are, is of great importance, too. Understanding that we are good and precious children of God and that, other than the basics, we don’t need anything else for happiness is a hard concept. No matter how many times we are told that, we often feel like we are somehow missing out on things.

Ironically, it is not wealth or status or power, all of which are hard to obtain, that can provide true happiness in life. Happiness can only be given by something we all already possess, and that is ourselves. Letting ourselves be content with what we have and who we are is something that is truly liberating, and it doesn’t cost a dime. For 2018 I know that I am going to try to work on this some more, and I encourage you to do so as well. All things are possible through God, including happiness, and it might take a lot less than we think.

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Brian