“Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10
God wants you to be happy right where you are, while you’re there.
Here is an interesting story to share: “Some years ago, on a Sunday afternoon, a man went down to Branson, Missouri, with his family. Monday morning they decided to go to the outlet mall. Their four-year-old was not happy at the outlet mall. The little boy wanted to go somewhere to have some fun. So the father said, “In just a little while I’m going to take you to a zoo like you’ve never been to in your whole life. I’m going to take you to Wilderness Country Safari.”
This is the type of zoo where the animals are running wild and you are caged in your car. The little boy got excited. Every minute he would tug on his father’s pants and say, “Is it time now to go to the zoo?” He couldn’t wait to be at the zoo.
Well, they finally got to the zoo. The first thing the father did was get out of his car, because in the parking lot they had baboons running wild. He said to his family, “Isn’t this something? Look at that cute little baboon over there.”
He picked up his little boy and they went over to the baboon that had his back to them. The father said, “Let’s pet the baboon.” That baboon turned around, saw them and showed his teeth. He was focused on one thing in his mind: kill the man with his child.
That baboon chased them across the parking lot. While the young boy ran, the baboon jumped him and then his dad. The dad did not have open wounds, but the son did.
Wilderness Country Safari did have signs NOT to pet the baboons, but he didn’t see any of those, until after his near-death experience.
Then they went into the zoo. Almost immediately after they entered the gates, a buffalo came up to the open window of the car and peered in. “I am in euphoria. I am loving this experience,” thought the father.
The man’s daughter who just had a birthday and was now eleven said, “Come on, Dad. Move the car, Dad. This isn’t funny, Dad! I mean move the car now!! I want to get out of here now!!” The little boy was in the back seat with absolute terror in his eyes, not moving because he was afraid that the buffalo would see him. So, the father moved the car.
Every time an animal came by, it was the same thing: the daughter said, “Move the car, Dad. Let’s hurry up and get out of here.” The little boy never said a word. They continued, and finally they drove out of the gate.
At that point, the little boy started jumping up and down on the back seat saying, “Yea, Daddy! Yea, Daddy! Yea, Daddy!” The father had saved his life by getting them out of there.”
I doubt the father enjoyed that trip. Remember the old adage, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?”
And do you remember the old television series “Green Acres?”
There were two main characters: Oliver Douglas and his wife Lisa. The whole gist of the show was about this argument of WHERE they could be happy. Oliver stands up and says, “Green Acres is the place to be. Farm livin’ is the life for me.” And then Lisa stands up end sings, “Ah. New York is where I’d rather stay. I get allergic smelling hay.” They have this duel that went on through the whole series.
Where do you think that you will find your happiness? Where is it, really?
Many people believe that you cannot find happiness today. Therefore, they keep tomorrow as a scapegoat. They think, “We can be happy at some other time.”
I want you to think about something for a moment. Imagine you are not a body that has location; you are a mind. You tell yourself, “If I move this body to some other location, then I will be happy there.”
On Monday some may tell themselves, “Well, it’s only four more days until Friday. Then we have the weekend. Our body will be in a different place and that will bring us happiness.”
Or we tell ourselves, “Oh, I can stick this out a little bit longer. It’s a hellish environment; but once I get my promotion, the world is going to change.” We think, “If I could only get a new job, a new significant other or retirement . . . I am really going to be happy.”
Here’s the problem with that. When you move your body into its new location in life that is supposed to bring you all the happiness, you also move and unpack all the things that have made you unhappy in this moment. That’s the problem with that type of thinking.
It’s like the old saying . . . “Is this all there is?” You discover greater and greater good, AND…YET… it’s never enough. We are never enough. We never can be totally aware of our happiness in the moment. We always tell ourselves that we have got to try something new. We often tell ourselves, “I can’t be happy in this moment.”
Let me tell you a marvelous story. It is a conversation from the story “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Do you remrmber that children’s story? Well, Carroll describes the way that we have been trained from little children on up.
Alice says: “Where I come from, people study what they are not good at in order to be able to do what they are good at.” The Mad Hatter says: “We go around in circles here in Wonderland, but we always end up where we started. Would you mind explaining yourself?”
Alice says: “Well, grown-ups tell us to find out what we did wrong and never do it again.”
The Mad Hatter says: “That’s odd! It seems to me that in order to find out about something, you have to study at it. And when you study it you become better at it. Why should you want to become better at something and then never do it again? But please continue.”
Alice says: “Nobody ever tells us to study the right things we do. We are only supposed to learn from the wrong things. But we are to study the right things other people do. And sometimes we’re even told to copy them.”
The Mad Hatter says: “That’s cheating.”
Alice says: “You’re quite right, Mr. Hatter. I do live in a topsy-turvy world. It seems like I have to do something wrong first, in order to learn what not to do. And then, but not doing what I am not supposed to do, perhaps I’ll be right. But I’d rather be right the first time.”
Throughout your whole life you have been bombarded with things that are wrong with you. Therefore, you have copied that and have bombarded yourself with these things. You’ve also externalized this with everything that’s wrong in your present life. We use the scapegoat, “Well, tomorrow …next month . . . next year . . . it’ll be better because I will be in a different location (place).”
Let’s turn our attention around, and find out what’s right about us and what’s right about the present moment. The standard response of most people when confronted with an opportunity is, “I can’t.” This pattern was set in early years by failure to meet life’s situations successfully. It is a basic value conviction that controls a tragic number of adults.
The effect of an “I can’t” inner conviction shows up in every area of life. You hear it when people say such things as:
“I am no good.”
“I will never do much with my life.”
“Ambition is pointless.”
“Nobody will give me a good job.”
“There is no point to life.”
These same types of things are said over and over again. This is NOT God’s message to us found in the prayer.
Most of us have received thorough training in the words “I can’t.” We need to cancel this out of the dictionary of our minds and learn to say, “I can!” Now, you only really live in one place, and that is right now time. We are Amer – I – cans, NOT Amer – I Can’ts!
The past is just a figment of your imagination and the future is the same. How about right now? Can you live this day? Beyond just existing. I mean living awake with happiness and total zeal where you know that God is with you and that everything is okay, where you don’t need any changes in your life to bring about happiness. You have it all right now, no matter what mountain you’re faced with.
There are a whole lot of minutes in your life that add up to a lifetime. Any minute that is wasted through worry and grief and unhappiness is a thrown-away life in that moment. The greatest possibility that we have as human beings is to be happy right now.
In the movie, and the stage play, “Rent” theme song says it all, 525,600 minutes. That is the amount of time that each of us has, each year, to invest in spiritual happiness. Spiritual happiness is the ultimate; it fills your soul and your life with all other forms of happiness. If you have full faith in God and know without a doubt who you are, you cannot be anything else but happy. God is with you, right now, never more so than right now, not more so in the future. RIGHT NOW you have it all. You can become as great as you want to become in this moment.
Please listen to this story. There were once several different types of ducks. They were divided by open-topped cages in a lake. They stayed divided until the water rose. Then they hopped out and came together. United we stand divided we fall.
This is not just talking about our nation, it is talking about our own individual minds. It is the same way in our own minds. What is dividing you from being absolutely happy today? Our own divisions in our minds and our own walls that we have built up inside of ourselves divide us. Our thoughts are divided by our worries and our fears. But as consciousness rises, you will find that all barriers are broken down and you will also see that you are not divided from the answer that you need, the healing that you need in body, the guidance from God.
You’re only going to be given greater good as you bless the good that you have now. Otherwise you will repel it. You are a conduit of God, of all that good coming through you through spiritual prayer.
Romans 8:28(NIV): And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
But if you restrict it now, why isn’t it going to be restricted tomorrow? The more you allow yourself to be open, the more the flow of God will be. And it will be ever-increasing inside of your life.
So, the levels are in our own minds. The blocks are in our own minds. The divisions are in our own minds. We will find that as we climb up higher, all those divisions will disappear. And we can do it in this moment.
You are not a one caged person standing alone. You are one with God, and that makes TWO. Through the love of God we are connected with each other and that brings us mutual joy.
You are one with God and God does not have any problems. God does not have poor finances. God does not have bad relationships. God does not have ill-health. And if you rise to that, it will become you. If you consent in this moment in prayer, you will have what God wants you to have. We limit ourselves. But God does not limit us.
A friend of ours told us this story. He was getting gas the other night at about 11:00 pm and he was surprised because they had him pre-pay. He went in and gave them ten dollars and they set the pump for ten dollars. Squeeze as he might, all that he could get was ten dollars worth of gas.
We do the same thing. We pre-determine how our moment is going to be. We get up in the morning and say, “Oh . . . I have this to face today… I just cannot stand doing this … I don’t know how I’m going to stand this job another moment,” instead of deciding (and it is our choice), “I’m going to love being in this moment.”
I’m going to get totally one with God and therefore happy about the way that I can live right here in my present place.
Right now, you are programming the “pump.” Right now, you are determining how you’re going to live your life in the next year. It starts by thinking about God’s possibilities instead of thinking about the problem, one minute at a time. It starts by talking to yourself in a new way–saying you can have it all right now.
As you give yourself those messages, everything in the world will come to you.
What are you expecting?
You can do anything with the thoughts of your mind. They are yours and are under your control. You can direct them, hush them or crush them. You can dissolve one thought and put another in its place. There is no place in the universe where you are the absolute master except in your mind. There, inside of your own mind, you have total dominions with the Lord..
Psalm 145:13(NIV) Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does
Let me stop here and explain what dominion means. Dominion is from the exact same root word as God. Jesus Christ talks about you having dominion. You have God in this situation. We often think about having dominion over another country, or another person.
But dominion is never won by force. If you want dominion over your career or over your body or over your health or over another, it is only through God and God’s ways of love and that love expressing inside of you that you can have true dominion.
Dominion is given to you as your Divine right and is over your thoughts only. So keep in mind that you have dominion over this moment.
We sometimes falsely believe it is easier to not take responsibility. It’s safer to say, “Well, when this condition changes or that condition improves, THEN I can invest in happiness.”
But right now is the time to have spiritual happiness. Right now is the time to enjoy. Right now is the time to find life as it is . . . Good and ever-expanding.
Happiness is not found at a certain time or in a certain location but inside of yourself right for you are.
I wish you God’s-speed. God’s-speed is not something that you reach by moving faster or striving harder. It is something that you reach when you slow down enough to savor the good and enjoy God’s blessings that are all around you. God’s-speed enables you to see with your eyes what you were blind to. The good always outnumbers the bad.
I wish you God’s-speed. I wish you happiness. And I pray that today the euphoria of God sweeps over you all day!
God Bless You!
Pray with me. Thank You, God for The light, life and love that are at work within me. I am peaceful, happy, healthy and successful right here in this place and at this time.
Thank you, Lord, for the profound revelation of Your truth that I have received.
In the nature of Jesus Christ, Who lived and died and lived again, cleansing us from all unrighteousness. Amen