GOD wants us to want things!
GOD wants us to be happy!
Now in the case of the first one. It is not like wanting a new car or a new hair style or a trophy or an apple fritter. It is in wanting things for ourselves. Like a career we have been interested in. Or getting a place of your own. Wanting the best for your child, your spouse or yourself. And like eating right, brushing your teeth and taking your vitamins. You know what I mean. Not the wants in life that everyone strives for mindlessly because we think that it is what we are supposed to want, like more money, a new computer, or to be famous. But wanting things for yourself that would bring a sense of accomplishment to your life. Like wanting a child, a dog, a place of your own, or a job helping others or that dream job.
Many people go through life doing what others want them to do or what they think others expect from them. Like being perfect and not wanting anything. We need to encourage others to grab life and their dreams and not let go until all their avenues of trying are used up. We need to encourage others to want to change and grow and be come their own person. No one should be living life like others want them to live it, they should be living their own life. They need to find their "one thing" in life that makes them happy. If it means flying an airplane, fixing computers, helping others, learning about GOD, being a friend, encouraging others, being a secretary, police person, firefighter, nurse, teacher, driver, etc. What is it that makes you Happy?
That brings me to the second truth, which has an joint statement: Not only does GOD want us to be content, but he also wants us to be happy. You can not stress it enough and some people have stressed it too much. At least the part about being content. But that only means to be content in situations that you can not change. It does not mean being content to be a door mat or to be something or someone that has no aspirations. I never really got it like I did yesterday. GOD wants us to be happy, not just content. We can be content with out meal sometimes, we can be content with the weather or the time of day or sometimes the situations we are in, like waiting in line or following a slow driver down a narrow road. Look at the Serenity Prayer in its fullness:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Look at just a few of the main points, "courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." Also this section at the end, "That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next." Change things that we can and the courage that we need to accomplish that task. Why not change what we can? Why do we have to accept everything that happens and just let it be? Why not change the things we can and know the difference between those things that we can change and those things we need to be content with. So many people think that just because things are the way they are that they need to accept it and just stuff it down and be content with it. Instead of changing the things that they can change. I know because I have been there myself. There were things in my life that I allowed to be just the way they were for too long and some of those things I am changing.--Reinhold Niebuhr
So can you grasp these two truths: GOD wants us to be Happy and to Want things for our lives.
So what are you holding back on because you think you can't have it? What can you aspire to that would make you happy? What can you change in life that you just need a little more courage to change? What do you want to become? What area of your life have you thought that you needed to leave alone because it would "rock the boat" or be different and others might not have thought you capable of doing? Remember this "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss