“Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” (Psalm 95:1)
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)
A memory that has stuck with me is when I went to Thunderbird Lodge, a mansion on Lake Tahoe. It used to be a part of one massive property that occupied the entire east shore at one time. That’s especially insane considering all of the $30 million properties that currently occupy the waterfront. The original owner was one of the top 5 richest men in the USA during the 1800s to early 1900s. As I looked around the house, there were all these “state of the art” items for that time, including a picture of one of the first automobiles that went 35 MPH! Wow! Here is a man that could buy anything he wanted. The funny thing is that we now as middle class America own much cooler stuff than he ever owned and cars that go way way faster! That car he owned ended up killing the love of his life. That elaborate property he owned only ended up making him bitter due to a scandal over part of the property that is now Incline Village. The world is trying to sell us happiness hard, but what it is really selling is misery!
Our Creator and Father in heaven knows what we need and what brings us joy, He created us! God makes us amazing promises of things to come if we will put our faith in Him and find joy in Him. Come let us praise him in every way we know how!
- What does this world offer that you are using to find joy (i.e Amount of followers, friends, money, sports, etc)?
- Of course those things are great and fun, but can we be happy without them? We have to remember all that stuff is temporary and God calls us to find to find joy in His love and His free gift of eternity!
By Andy Finch | Truckee, CA