Ralph Waldo Emerson said: If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures. Could this quote be saying; be happy with what you have now? When we are happy with our current situation, we are satisfied and good feelings over-flow into our lives. It sounds so easy to just tell ourselves to be happy in any given situation. But what happens during an extended or terminal illness, job loss, loss of home, loss of loved one or loss of self-esteem?
What’s the difference between telling your self that you feel satisfied or feel desperation? Is life a disappointment or contented? Is life disillusioned or enlightened? I believe it all comes down to the choices of faith and trust. When I place my faith in God and Jesus, His son, I can be confident and assured that I can rely on God’s Word as truth. When I place my trust in God’s Truth, I can be confident in my dependence on Jesus for His care, custody and control over my life.
But there is one more step and it’s a step I need to take. I need to take the step towards the Almighty by being fervent in spirit and serving my Lord. Romans 12: 19-21 has love words associated with serving the Lord. Here are just a few: Love, Cling to good, be kind, affectionate, spread brotherly love, honor, give preference, fervent, serving, rejoicing in hope, patient, continually praying, hospitable, Bless, be of same mind, be humble, do not repay evil, live peaceable, have no vengeance and overcome evil with good.
We don’t need to ask questions; we just need to have heaping measures of love, faith and trust then we will always find blessings.
Romans 12:9-21: Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.