Taking care of things…

I’m having a bit of writer’s block at the moment, so I don’t know the best way to put this…  But I know people who are either miserable or stressed or semi-miserable.  I know a few who are just a few steps away from what I imagine as a living hell because of certain types of choices and mistakes made.  The good news is that I believe God can use all those circumstances both good and bad to bring you where you need to go.  But I would like for you to be in a happier place in life, a more joyful place…and although it’s not a wide road to happiness (it takes a bit of focus to make sure you’re on the right path), I believe it’s a straight road – it’s not so complicated that it’s impossible for you – no matter where you happen to be.

If you’re in that miserable or semi-miserable place in life, you probably know the things you need to do, and I’m not going to nag you about them… Because when I’m miserable I know I need to get right with God and people and fess’ up to some things, admit I’m a sinner, and seek forgiveness and help…that’s the only way – and deep down everyone seems to know this.

But there is something you might not know that I’d like to tell you about that narrow path to happiness.  It’s key.  It’s not a quick fix, but it’s very simple – like most true things.   That is: you need to stop being a consumer pig taking and sucking the life out of things, taking for yourself, fixated on yourself only – acting as though everyone and every thing exists for your convenience and pleasure – and instead become a care-taker.  Instead of using things, take care of them instead.

Grace (my wife) thinks I sound harsh when I say stuff like that, but I don’t know any other way of saying it.  The happiest people are not people who get things – but the people who take care of things…  The equation is the greater the thing (or things or persons) you take care of, and the better they do, the more joy you find!

  • A person who restores vintage cars will actually get more joy out of his cars than someone who just uses cars to get to work… Because he is taking care of it…
  • A person who takes care of a group of children will get more joy and satisfaction from seeing those kids thrive, than someone who did nothing for them…
  • A husband or wife who takes care of a spouse (rather than seeing them as answers to their own needs) gets to delight in the spouse more…
  • A supporter who volunteers for a cause and looks for ways to help it succeed gets more joy from seeing it thrive than someone who just writes a check…
  • It’s the person who cares about God enough to want to DO the stuff he wants, rather than seeing God as someone who should give them what they want – who wind up joyful and delighting in God.

This isn’t just localized happiness, but a kind of happiness that spreads to the rest of your life… When you make a difference renovating a building or a city or a person or a community – it makes YOU feel good, as though your life has meaning (because it does).

And as you get a chance to take care of greater and greater things – bigger projects, greater people, or even take care of God by doing something that He wants…your joy multiplies.

Related posts:

  1. Three Keys to Happiness
  2. What do you want to do?
  3. I’ll take care of it…
  4. The secret to happiness…
  5. It takes courage…
  6. Take care of the church…
  7. Taking care…
  8. Taking up your Cross…and other things we down play.

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