From Lisa: Or should I say, we shouldn’t always get what we want. You know when you are convinced that just having that one item or that amazing trip or that “perfect” person will bring you ultimate joy. When we fight tooth and nail to obtain that illusive thing, spending all of our time, energy and focus on winning the prize. Quite often, we are left in the end not feeling the joy we expected. Sometimes we even feel empty and let down.
My daughter gave me a perfect analogy for this. A parent takes their child to the store, where the child sees a rack of candy. The child begs and pleads with the parent to let them eat a bunch of candy instead of having their lunch. The parent says no, as she knows that candy is not a healthy alternative to a good meal. The child cries and throws a fit and says, “Don’t you want me to be happy?” The parent says, of course I want you to be happy, but I also know what is good for you and what is not. The parent can see a bigger picture. She can play the scenario out in her head and see that bags of candy for lunch may bring temporary happiness, but will then be followed by a miserable stomach ache. She can also see that if the child were permitted to eat candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, the child would become malnourished and sickly.
Sometimes we are that child in the candy store. The child that thinks they know what will make them happy. But there is a bigger picture. There are things we may not understand about that “illusive thing” that may bring us misery or struggle. Maybe we are never meant to have it. Maybe this just isn’t the right time. Maybe we have to learn something about ourselves and grow before we can have it. The trick in life is to mature enough to understand that sometimes we shouldn’t always get what we want. Instead of constantly focusing on what is unobtainable, we should focus on the people in our lives, family, friends, and serving others. The truth is that great joy does not come from external things or places or even from people. True joy comes from within. True joy is a gift God gives us when we are focused on serving others.
Sometimes God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
– Garth Brooks