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Topic: Happy (07/12/07)
TITLE: O' Happy World
By Katherine Kimbley
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From this happy world’s point of view, the most vital aspect of child-rearing, is the happiness of the child. You see, children have an internal compass, instilled by nature, wherein the inherent nature of a thing is gauged by how much it disturbs or pleases the child. Obviously, a the child wishes only to drink juice and cola, shunning milk and water, there must be some nutrient or mineral his body craves, which can be found only in the former two. When he refuses to obey his mother and father, it becomes obvious that they expect too much of him, and if forced against his will to obey, he will surely suffer long-term psychological effects. When our children are teens, and they long to fit in, we know that doing so will make them comfortable with themselves and encourage a more positive self-image. We have all felt the pain of teenage awkwardness, so what does it matter if she dresses in the latest skimpy fashions, knows the lyrics to the most popular songs, or kisses the occasional boy? After all, it’s her happiness that’s on the line.
Much to the dismay of the proprietors of such happy living, happiness is not the ultimate priority of God for our lives. He loves us so much that He is willing to suffer our discomfort, our grief, our pain in perseverance in order that we may be made perfect. His often misunderstood love causes Him to withhold the very things we want, in exchange for the things we really need. He cares for us in such a way that He refuses to allow us comfort in a world that is not ours, so that we may always long for and never forget the glorious kingdom that awaits us. God loves us so much that He has pushed aside that which produces fleeting, momentary happiness in the lives of his children, and replaced those things with that which produces ever-flowing joy, and peace that surpasses all understanding.
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