This quote from a blog entry made me wonder…
Focus on what “should” happen
If you want to be unhappy, think about how the world “should” work…
The world doesn’t need to follow any of your “shoulds.” The sooner you realize that, the happier you’ll be.
This point is in Watzlawick’s book. He writes about how a happier person just sort of shrugs and gets on with life, accepting that things won’t work as he or she thinks they should. By contrast, the unhappy person is one who is always battling the world because it’s not as it “should” be.
…after reading the following scripture… is my “should be” in agreement with God’s… “it is”?
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their’s also was.
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! 3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. 21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. (John 16:33; Matthew 6:19-20; John 15:19; 2 Timothy 3:1-9; Matthew 7:14; Isaiah 30:2-4; Proverbs 16:19-21)
Along with others, I don’t like what’s going on in the world at times. When I try to force circumstance into my “should be” ideal, it causes me much angst.
In other words, when we attempt to silence the “fall out”… the curse… from the sin in the Garden of Eden in this age—“change the world”… “rescue the world”… eliminate poverty and pain… work for “world peace”—we ultimately become restless and cranky abusing others.
We reached for our… “should be”… in the Garden leaving us with the painful, sorrowful, blind, and lifeless pursuit of what’s beyond our grasp—we wail… “we can’t get no satisfaction”.
However… hope is here, today. It’s found in God’s… “it is”—that He is… I am that I am… the first and the last… the Alpha and Omega—He has the only and last Word that matters.
There’s only one way out of death from sin and the curse… and… it’s God’s—which He will complete for those that accept it when He returns at the end of this age.
When I accept God’s… “it is”… “His will”… I can breathe easier and get along with His work—sharing the true Gospel of the Kingdom of God and bearing genuine fruit of the Holy Spirit—all the while… anticipating Jesus Christ’s return when He will bring true lasting peace to the world ruling as King of kings.
I’m passing through… traveling to… the everlasting city built by the hand of God… the New Jerusalem—letting the world, with its cares and concerns, “slip through my fingers” like… “loose change”.
29 But this I say, brethren, the time is shortened, that henceforth both those that have wives may be as though they had none; 30 and those that weep, as though they wept not; and those that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and those that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 and those that use the world, as not using it to the full: for the fashion of this world passeth away. (ASV) 1 Corinthians 7:29-31