“It may be said without qualification that every man is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wants to be. He may not be as full as he wishes he were, but he is most certainly as full as he wants to be.” A.W. Tozer
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” Epictetus
“Satan wants us to constantly focus on everything that is wrong with us and look at how far we still have to go. But God desires for us to rejoice in how far we have already come.” Joyce Meyer
I can’t speak for others but I know I frequently develop awesome ideas and worthy plans only to have them tossed by the wayside like moldy bread. I don’t have the time to think about the loss of a good thing because I continue doing what I need to do and perhaps encounter another brilliant notion that likely will end up in the same place as the other ideas.
It occurred to me how many times my good intention was just a dream that was never realized. I consider why some designs don’t become a reality. I recall how many people I promised to call, have a lunch date, or visit for a short while just to say hello. It would mean so much to me if I could pull these things off yet I rarely do. I am caught up in my well intentioned plans that never go anywhere.
After admonishing myself and promising to do better, I review my workload and need to do list for the day and by the end of the day my want to do list hasn’t been considered. I shrug my shoulders in total understanding that there just wasn’t time. Now my goal is to find the time to attend to the things I believe are important. My anticipations or the desires of those I love always take a back seat to what I have to accomplish. The biggest dilemma is that I increase my to do list daily so I am sabotaging my want to do list.
As much as I prefer to discuss and relax with friends, it rarely happens. It likely is years before I run into a friend from the past and attempt to achieve a meeting proposal in the future. This again repeats itself and our meeting never happens. Has society as a whole somehow sabotaged our agendas? Workers are laid off and the ones remaining who still have a job are so thankful yet their load has increased. I wonder who the fortunate ones are in these cases and conclude no one.
We kid ourselves with our many gadgets, that we are getting more time. We end up with more time to do more jobs either within the household or at work. Some younger members believe they are working towards gaining more power or influence at work. They have faith it is only for the short term that they will keep to the grindstone. The older workers are aware of the hypnotic ability of jobs to keep everyone involved. We all admit we do it for the money or power of moving up the line. We also agree we will stop the madness when the time is right and we have enough. That day never comes.
The time and effort is tremendous and our stamina is astounding but our burdens increase and downtime is non-existent. Perhaps some of this is what we bring on ourselves. We want a bigger house. With more room we can actually buy more things to fill it up so that we can yearn for an even larger abode. By living in the future, we lose our present. We practically lose ourselves. I always want to blame the jobs but truly, we must ask ourselves when we are content with what we own.
I see it that the more we desire, the more we lose our own time and happiness. If friends and family bring us pleasure and we don’t have time for them then we have lost some good things. I suppose everything has a price. Some people climb a ladder to success by working non-stop, stepping on others or cheating or lying. We all see that happening daily in the news reports. I don’t want to gain money or fame at the expense of losing the love and happy times with others. IBy choosing to ignore what is essential in my life, In a sense I am cheating myself. I am lying to myself if I believe I will quit my ambitious climb with the time stolen from those I love.
Have a work ethic is commendable. WE are only defeated when we are blinded to the vital things. We all make choices. We all pay the price as everything has a condition. If we are willing to pay any amount I suppose the sky is the limit. We perhaps must be sure of what it is we want because we might be lulled into areas and quantities that have a limited capacity for love and offer a passing joy. I know it is important to review our need to list often, no matter what our age.
We hurt ourselves when we don’t give ourselves the pleasure of relaxing and placing our brains on speed control. Maintaining a constant bustle of ideas and compiling a stressful burden of jobs only increases anxiety and steals our peace. Society has unquestionably pushed us into this spiral of constant movement. We do have the power to stop and view the truth. As we stand on the brink of the vortex, and observe others caught in the downward spiral, we can question where we are going. Searching for a bit of serenity, may gain us some insight into another world full of calmness, that was waiting to be found.
“The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.” Francis Chan
“I wish people could accomplish everything they want so they could learn its not everything they need.” Orrin Woodward
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Henry David Thoreau
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” Henry David Thoreau