Unhappiness is easy. I like easy things. I’ve never been an over-achiever so it’s fun to be so good at something.
There’s such an impressive variety of things to complain about. It would be a shame to waste them all. And it’s great because I can roll out of bed and start finding them right away! The mirror holds a lot, then I can move to my leaky fridge, an appointment I am dreading, and the tall pile of papers I still need to go through. I can do all that without breaking a sweat!
Not to mention things to worry about. I’m awesome at that too. And with lots of people in my life, I never have to be scared that I won’t have subject matter. (Can you imagine not having something to mull over and obsess about? BORING!!!)
Yes, unhappiness is easy, especially for us spiritually flabby people who don’t like the workout of disciplining our minds and hearts.
Here’s a question to consider from Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones (who appears to be a particularly unflabby Christian):
Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?
Whoa. Deep thought.
I like listening to myself though. I think the top three reasons are that it’s easy, it’s easy, and it’s easy. I can just do what my heart tells me to do. Done.
The “talking to yourself” referred to here means reminding myself of God’s truth, and that takes some effort. It means I have to tell myself I might be wrong. (Ouch.) I have to remind myself that there is grace, forgiveness, and strength available from God for me. I need to read and believe God’s words, informing myself again that I am not the epicenter of the universe. I need to look at Christ and all he’s done and receive the incredible grace he loves to provide.
And of course we flabby Christians know the result of all that “hard work”: joy, freedom, hope, gratitude, and faith.
By turning off the droning lies of our own sinful nature, and turning on the clear truth of the God who made us and laid down his life for us, we can get up in the morning. We can bank our lives on something better than our feelings. We can walk through trials with faith because we know that Jesus is with us and heaven awaits us. We can be amazed at the undeserved blessings in our lives. We can rejoice in the beauty of our Savior.
Unhappy soul, shut up. I’m opening my Bible because there is something you need to hear.