My son was grumbling that it was too hot. Inside I am screaming, “Really? Did we just not have the coldest, snowiest winter ever? It was the polar vortex for goodness sake. Now it’s Memorial Day and 84 and you want to complain? What is the matter with you?”
But what I said was “Stop complaining. What do I always say is the secret to a happy life?”
I could tell he was rolling his eyes as he answered in an irritated sing song voice, “Enjoy the moment you are in and be happy with what you have.”
I could barely contain my mom joy. He may have been cringing as he said it, but he knew the answer! He may not have like it; it may have been followed with a request for a new toy (I said no), but he remembered! Yee-ha!!!!!!!!
I then I told him the lesson once more.
The most important thing he can do in this life is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul. But there are a lot of Christians who do that and still don’t enjoy their lives too much.
If you want to enjoy your life, start by enjoying this moment. Be thankful for what you have.
It doesn’t mean you can’t have hopes and dreams. But if you aren’t happy right now, then you won’t be happy when you attain them either.
I am sure by the end of my sermon he was really rolling his eyes. But I don’t care, I will say it over and over and over, and then I will say it again some more!
My prayer is that as he gets older he will internalize these lessons and that they will light his path.
“Seek peace and pursue it” Psalm 34:14b