Tuesday, November 9

Happiness

Psalm 62:1 "My heart finds rest in God alone."

I am reading a book called "Love and War" by John and Stasi Eldridge. I was reviewing one of the chapters today, and came across a quote that I could relate to.

Eldridge says, "This is the nature of our condition. We are all leaky vessels. Sandy soil. When it comes to happiness we are like a colander, a tire with a nail in it, our Grandfather's memory. The chapter goes on to talk about how we place expectations on others to fill a void that only God can fill.

One day,I can feel totally fulfilled, enjoying life to the fullest, only to wake up the next day feeling deflated like all is not well. As difficult as it is, I have to remember that I cannot put my trust in feelings, or people, because both will let me down.

This verse is also liberating for me, because I am reminded that I am not responsible to make others happy. I will be as loving and kind as I know how, but ultimately, if they do not seem happy around me, that is not my responsibility.

2 comments:

MommaMindy said...

That is a beautiful thought! We are very leaky vessels! I like the added personal understanding that we are not responsible for the happiness of those around us. It is hard to rest, sometimes, and let people work their own lives out when there is nothing else you can do. Thanks for the thoughtful post!

Darlene said...

Thank you, Mindy! Hope you are doing well :)

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Italy trip

I have been going through my pictures, and have enjoyed looking at this album of Italy. I was able to go over last year to attend a conference. This was the first time I have been back in twenty years. The pictures are made up mostly of places we lived as a family. My brother and I were able to go together, and we were graciously hosted by some friends of ours from language school in Perugia. I feel such a sense of nostalgia when I look at these pictures. I miss Italy so much. It was strange to go back as a tourist knowing I would be returning to the US after such a short time. Tonight I made cookies with Nutella in them, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the simple pleasures. Fortunately, you can find it here! Saturday, we are going up to my brother's house to celebrate a late Thanksgiving, only we will be making homemade tortellini instead of turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!