Charlie Brown Wisdom

“The whole world seems to be conspiring against me … I just want some help for the first time in my life.” (Charlie Brown)

How many times have we felt like that??? Nothing is going right. The bills keep coming even when you are totally aware by this time that the family is barely keeping their heads above water. The kids aren’t listening. You are constantly arguing with your spouse. In fact, one might come to the conclusion that life sucks. Still, having said this, I’m pretty sure the only humans exempt from these types of feelings are babies 😉

Before you think I must be an awful person for suggesting that ‘life sucks’ please know that I don’t mean this literally. It really doesn’t. There are good times within each and every day, wherein we can be thankful for what we have. But if we are honest, we would know that there are also times when we need to constantly remind myself that life is great. Yes, admittedly, there are situations that suck, and even entire days that I can’t wait to end but in the grander scheme of things, life is actually awesome. I just believe we need to learn how to stand fast in the liberty wherewith is Christ on those days when the world appears to be slamming us from every direction.  We need to also be thankful that we are not lacking in the most basic of life’s necessities. I have an abundance of food, fresh water from my own well, a beautiful house, functioning plumbing, and clothes to keep me warm, dry or cool. I have lots of good friends in my social network and family that loves me.

 

So, why is it then that we still complain about what we don’t have? Why do we do that??? Why don’t we spend our moments focused on what’s good around us…instead of the negative.? These are good questions.

In this context, I read a quote the other day that suggested half-glass people have it all wrong, it isn’t about whether the glass is half full or half empty, but rather that the glass could always be filled back up. When we see the world from this broader perspective, something changes — on the inside. For example, on the days when my glass is half-empty, and life has seemingly sucked everything good so that my cup is now dry, I need to focus on the precious moments that happened that day, even when I wasn’t paying attention. Those days, where I plaster on a fake smile, use my cheap mascara (cause I’m not wasting the good stuff by letting it run down my face),  and find ways to avoid everyone and everything around me, I need to understand that I am not alone in my walk. Other people are also experiencing problems that extend beyond cheap mascara and hiding from the world, and these may need a smile — any smile — to help them understand that everything will be okay because that is how life is. On other days, when my cup is spilling over the sides, and I’m full of happiness and love, I need to share those moments with those who are important in my world. And, as we know, there are many  days when  my smile is genuine, my mascara is awesome and everyone knows I’m having a great day.

Typically though, on average, my glass stays around three quarters full (lol). This is the point I am trying to make. Because in everything I do, in both the good and the not so good, I have Jesus by my side. He is leading me on this life journey, and I need to have enough faith in Him to know that He knows what my tomorrows hold, and that He is really all I need. Thus, I need to trust Jesus even though the devil too often is trying to steal my joy. Yes, for better or worse, life can be sloppy and messy and haphazard. I get that. But regardless of the enemy’s ploy to destroy and dishearten, my joy comes from my personal relationship with Jesus. So, on the days that everything goes wrong, when the bad outweighs the good, and my glass is dry … I turn to Jesus.  And I stay there, cuddled in His mercy and grace until my cup runneth over.

This is why the quote from Charlie Brown … because in him, I’m reminded of me. Charlie Brown has horrible luck. He is always trying to impress people. He is clumsy. His life is usually a mess BUT he has a heart filled with hope and love and peace that things will get better. And he is completely honest about who he is, so that he can always do the right thing. One day, Charlie Brown will grow up….lol….and he will look back on his life and say, ‘you know what Snoopy, life is actually pretty good…and I’ve got a good one’ 😊
Have I gone full circle? Yes, but at the end of the day, if we know that the Lord Jesus works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure, we can be fulfilled in the joy that only He can give — and as we know, His refills are free.  And we know this because Jesus is the light of the world, and those that “follow Me” as Jesus says, will not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.  (John 8:12)

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