An internet writer and long-distance friend shared a line in his daily article that bears some real brow wrinkling thought, over several cups of good coffee. Don Talafous shared this line:
“Someone has said that there is no moment so rare as one where we want to be where we are, doing what we are doing.”
The thought could continue with this addendum, “with someone we want to be with!”
Try this on for size; find a seat at the local mall and watch the expressions on faces as the bulk of the crowd walks by. You will note that most are not where they wish, nor with the person or place they would prefer. It will be hard to scrutinize faces as they will be buried in the screen of a cell phone, or as I noted the other day, three phones at the same time! This means, to me, that person would rather be with at least three other people instead of the four walking along with her! Life is so funny until you realize the sadness thereof.
While baring his soul to me (no names ever), a man told me a sad story along these lines: Being a widower, after a reasonable time he dated a woman in the same church. They apparently loved one another. The group to which he pledges allegiance assured him that if they married, the group would crucify him. He opted to avoid the threatened crucifixion and over time married another woman deemed more acceptable to the group.
Some of the saddest people on earth are in the same boat as witnessed by Whittier’s famous line in Maude Mueller; “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these; It might have been.” Today’s inner cry would be, “If only!” If only I lived somewhere else, with some else, worked in a different type of work, ad infinitum.”
When Christ is ruling in our lives, we can learn to look around and accept the statement of Paul as we take inventory for the present and learn to enjoy it while we may set our sights on a star along the heavenly way. Here’s Paul:
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1st Thessalonians 5:18. (NKJV).
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