I’ve been trying to be happier
all my life, I now realize. I have never thought of myself as a malcontent, but I think I’ve always been trying to be happier. Better car, next car, better house with an awesome view, or out west, better health, better wealth, better follower of Jesus. So I could be happier. I’ve evidently had this longing all my life, this feeling of less-than, causing me to want MORE, better, different from what I have, better than what I’m offered in Jesus. I’m emotionally unhealed, dysfunctional, discontent with all I have in Jesus, discontent with me, discontent with others, discontent with life itself. And I thought I was happy. Bigtime self-deceived. Happier-addict.
“He who chases fantasies lacks judgment.” Prov 12:11 The fantasies of a better life, happier life. Idols. Idols/addictions that distract me from enjoying Jesus, and His genius plan for my life, and distract me from enjoying myself just as I am, and others just as they are, even jerks and enemies.
Impossible to chase fantasies, unless I’m confident-I-know-what’s-best. The sin of independence. “The way of a fool seems right to him.” Prov 12:15
–ShepherdDave, confident-he-knows-what’s-best, unless he’s been freshly convicted of this sin, so he’s momentarily DumbSheepDave, captivated by his ShepherdJesus, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-contentment/Jesus-dependency/humility/cluelessness-he-knows-what’s-best, so the nonbelievers around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus
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