IN my grandparents’ day, people experienced the hardship of war. Children felt blessed if they went to school. They didn’t
IN my grandparents’ day, people experienced the hardship of war. Children felt blessed if they went to school. They didn’t have their own bedrooms or radios, never mind computers. Water came from a pump in the garden and bath time was sitting in a tin bath in front of the fire.
I live in more prosperous times with more educational opportunities. The past would not be a great time to go back to, although my grandparents, and parents, tried to make the world a better place.
Looking back over the year 2012, it was a mixture of joy and great sadness for most of us.
The country was united in finding great joy in the British 2012 Olympics and especially in the Paralympics. Our eyes were drawn not to disability but amazing ability.
However, much sadness was shared too. There were far too many senseless stabbings and murders of young men. Many unemployed families faced losing their homes and possessions.
A happy man or woman would rather see an end to this and to have peace and prosperity in their time but that is not what makes us happy. If we think that, we have confused external goods for internal happiness.
In our experience, happy people find comfort even in tough times but miserable ones can even ruin a party held in their honour. You cannot make Eeyore jolly any more than you can hold down Tigger’s jollity.
The rest of us, I’m sure, just want to be happy.
Shouldn’t we at least want what Jesus offers us? That is exactly what we should want for 2013. We should want for ourselves exactly what Jesus wants for us, and what Jesus wants for us is a life led to the full, a more abundant life. An abundant life is a very good definition of happiness.