“Destination Disease” is a malady that can affect any of us over and over. Someone with this illness says, “I’ll be happy when …” It is always looking to the FUTURE for happiness, joy, and peace.
- I’ll be happy when I get my driver’s license.
- I’ll be happy when I graduate.
- I’ll be happy when I get married.
- I’ll be happy when I have children.
- I’ll be happy when the children leave.
- I’ll be happy when I get that promotion.
- I’ll be happy when I retire.
The “Should-a, Could-a, Would-a Disease” is an illness that lives with regret and is always looking to the “what if’s” of the PAST that should have, could have, or would have produced happiness, joy, and peace.
The past is gone. The future is not here. We must live in the present. Relish the moment. Eat more ice cream. Swim more rivers. Smile more often.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us THIS DAY our daily bread.” Our dependence on Him TODAY is a key to peace and contentment.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to the special tent which he prepared. Many bloody battles had been fought. Many horrific battles were to come. Yet King David kept the Lord God at the CENTER of all their activities.
This Thanksgiving season read the rest of 1 Chronicles 16. King David had to scratch and claw for every inch of territory God had given Israel. Yet in the midst of all the battles, trials, betrayals, and fatigue, he worshipped, praised, and thanked God.
I am keenly aware of many of the battles you are facing. You are having to scratch and claw your way through family issues, cancer, grief, financial challenges, discouragement, … but the Lord is still God, He is still on His throne, He is Lord, He is good, and His faithful love endures forever!
So do what King David did and “give thanks to the Lord!”
Our Father, thank-you that our names are written in heaven because of the victory of salvation that You won through Your Son and our Lord, Jesus! Thank-you that we don’t have to live in the past or the future, but we can live in total dependence upon you in the present. Oh God, we give thanks to you, for You are good, Your faithful love endures forever!