Sometimes I really feel as though I do not belong on this planet. All around me are images of what society deems necessary for success and happiness. The images and subtle programming have affected me in different ways, however I do not accept society’s drone of what I should be or what I need to possess to be happy. Most of it bores me.
We are surrounded with the temptation of artificial pleasure. Pornography, gambling, plastic surgery for “perfection”, electronics, jewelry, luxury travel, trendy clothing, gluttonous food and drink, are all flashed before us. “They” lead us to believe we need what they offer for our happiness. It is a lie. Make no mistake. “They” lead us to believe we need it all so they can line “their” pockets.
We have allowed ourselves to be trapped in an artificial world, where happiness is unattainable. In that world, happiness only comes when we attain the next thing “they” provide us. That happiness is fleeting, and we are already craving the next pleasure fix.
It is time that we break free and really start to enjoy life for what it has to offer.
As the years fly by, I am learning that life is a process that teaches us to love. It is that plain and simple. All of the situations and issues that we face are placed in our path for a reason. God, in His infinite wisdom, is allowing us opportunity for growth. We can choose to stop and question each situation, and try to learn the truth that He is placing in front of us, or we can complain, ignore, and forge ahead as usual, insuring that we will experience the same issue in the future. You see, God will not give up on us. He knows what is needed for each of us, and what will make our souls happy.
We tend to focus on meaningless glitz and pleasure. It is impossible for those things to make us happy…for they are the illusions and diversions of satan.
The only true reality is the purity of Truth and Light. The key to happiness and joy is our openness to the love of God. Only when we connect with His love can we learn how to love each other. That is where the joy starts!
Everyday as my husband and I commute to work together, I am amazed at the wonder around us. Every season has its own beauty. Spring offers a new splash of fresh color that awakens our sleeping spirits. The wonderful aroma of honeysuckle is a pleasure that I savor. Summer brings warmth, beauty, and energy. It is wonderful to enjoy the comforting music of birds chirping in the morning and crickets harmonizing at night. Autumn is my special gift from God! I am convinced that He created Fall just for me – the bright rays of the warming sun breaking through the crispness of the cool air, the magnificent colors that are spread out as a bouquet, the intense sense of family that Autumn brings to my spirit, brought to mind by the sight of pumpkins, fall flowers and the taste of sweet, crunchy apples. For me, this is heaven on earth! Then there is winter. A time of hibernation and the perception of death as we view the bare twigs and branches that were covered with life only a few months before.
Right when we reach the point where we can no longer bear the stinging cold and isolation of winter, new life bursts forth again. There is beauty to behold in each season.
Look around your little piece of the world. Open your eyes to the wonder of nature, and enjoy the simple pleasure that will fill your heart, mind, and soul. Learn to enjoy and show gratefulness in all the blessings you’ve been given. All of the people in your life – your spouse, parents, children, relatives, friends, coworkers and all of the people you pass casually on a daily basis were placed in your life for a reason. Look for ways to love them, and to see the goodness in them. Sometimes love is not easy, and it’s not always easy to see the good. That is because we are human and will never be perfect while we are on this earth. But as we walk in the Light of the Lord, and praise and honor Him, we are preparing ourselves for the ultimate happiness that lies ahead for those who love Him.
For eyes have never seen, and ears have never heard, the wondrous things that God prepared for those who love Him!!!