I’m not big into fortune cookies. Truth be known, I really like the taste and like adding additional things to the end of the saying, but I don’t believe it is my “fortune.” However, I did get a great one from last night’s Pei Wei take-out that had me take a second look: “The pleasure of what we enjoy is lost by wanting more.” One word summation: gratitude.
Let’s face it, we stink at being grateful. The moment we get what we want, we want more. Once we get what we have dreamed or hoped for, we move on to the next thing that we can’t have. I saw this in our two year-old last night. We were leaving Putt Putt (Fun night! Putt Putt and Chinese take-out) and he did not want to give his bright yellow ball back. He cried and cried and the man working saw this going down. He told me we could take the ball with us, so I happily took him up on his offer. When I went to get Elijah out of his car seat his ball was laying there next to him. He got what when wanted and quickly tossed it aside. And aren’t we all a little bit like a two year-old? Instead of marinating in gratitude, we selfishly ignore the gifts we receive for want of more. And in doing so, we lack peace.
I haven’t ever seen this in a fortune cookie, but it would be a good one for us to consider in our struggle with gratitude: “When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” (Deut 8:10) We have countless opportunities to be grateful. May we have eyes to see all the Lord is up to today.
Lie: We always need more to be happy
Truth: Gratitude leads to peace
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Col 3:15