A Beggar's Choice
A man said to a beggar one day, “Good day my friend.”
The beggar answered, “Well, thank you, but I never have a bad one.”
The man responded, “Well, may God give you a happy life, my friend.”
And the beggar replied, “I thank God that I am never unhappy.”
The man was speechless. And the beggar continued, “When I have plenty to eat, I thank God. When I am hungry, I thank God. If it is God’s will for me to endure this, then whatever is God’s will for me makes me happy.”
He chose to be happy .
How do we achieve that kind of gratefulness even though we all have strife , struggles and trials in our lives ?
We have a long time friend , Mike , who also has that beautiful characteristic of finding goodness in everything . If someone is late , he appreciates the fact that they still made it out . If someone says something negative , he will tell you how great it is that we can have an opinion due to free will .
I have asked him many times , how did he achieve this great feat ? His reply ?
It has been twenty-five years in the making . I cannot change the situation , but I can change the outcome and my feelings regarding it .
You know , I have no problem doing the same in my personal life , but somehow , when it comes to my work life , it goes haywire . Too many people , too many different values and ethics play a huge role . I do not know how to control the emotions they evoke in me .
And they are aware of that .
People love to play on someone's good intentions . They like to use our Christian faith to get what they want . I can't even tell you how many times I've heard the expression :
Oh , I thought you were a Christian . I see you are just a fake .
What do we do then ? Guilt invades our souls and we give in feeling horrible , because of it .
Sometimes , I think that if I lived elsewhere , or worked elsewhere , I would have a better chance of finally achieving that desired level of goodness inside of me . Less stress away from a negative environment may prove to more effective .
Then on the other hand , I feel as if God has placed me there among these troublesome people so I could achieve that level I so seek and have asked him for .
Sigh , why didn't I ask for mercy when I showed that desire ?
Have a Blessed day everyone .