Thursday, February 20, 2014

Channeled Hope

Carter had his hopes set on watching a certain game tonight.  He came home from school, got his shower and settled in, only to discover the game was not available on our limited channels.  He was so disappointed.  You would have thought that something really tragic had happened by his sullen demeanor.  He didn't fuss or complain, he just seemed so discouraged!

I think many of us have a tendency to do the same when our expectations are not met.  We can easily find ourselves disappointed when things do not go our way.  We let circumstances that are out of our control, and people who make their own choices, determine our happiness and our attitudes!

After a while, Jerry began to flip through the channels and, to Carter's great surprise, the game was on after all!  His dreary disposition suddenly lit up and he was all smiles!  I had to chuckle at how quickly he could go from gloomy to gleaming!

We must to be very careful with what determines our happiness!  If we base our joy on things of this world, temporary pleasures and relationships, we will always be unsteady and temperamental.  True joy can only come from an unchanging source of hope!

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

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