Don’t Wait to Be Happy
Be happy now! Do you remember saying, “I can’t wait…” as a kid? We used to say, “I can’t wait to be 16,” or, “I can’t wait to have my own car.” I wonder why we weren’t able to be happy then with what we had. I don’t say things like “I can’t wait” as much anymore, but I found myself thinking along those lines this morning, so I figured I would make my very own grown-up version of an “I can’t wait” list.
- I can’t wait to graduate…again.
- I can’t wait for my first custom built home.
- I can’t wait for my first zero-emissions vehicle.
- I can’t wait for there to finally be clean air in winter time.
- I can’t wait for my next real vacation.
- I can’t wait to be out of debt.
- I can’t wait for Jr. to become a man.
- I can’t wait for Jr. to puke his breakfast on grandpa for the first time.
- I can’t wait to see my wife’s eyes when she holds her own child for the first time.
I Have no Choice but to Wait
But of course, I can wait. I must. I don’t have any other choice.
There are at least two kinds of people. There are those who wait for their dreams to come true, and then there are those who work for their dreams to come true.
Waiters spend a lot of time dreaming, but they often end up disappointed because they failed to recognize that work is a necessity. Workers spend a lot of time engaged in, well, work. Workers achieve their dreams.
As much as I appreciate a good Disney story with the wishes coming true at the wave of a wand, such stories do little to illustrate reality as it relates to achieving goals in life. It is rare that dreams are realized without work, but dreams do come true. They really, truly do come true.
With some quality study, work, and dedication, we can achieve pretty much anything. Heck, I don’t even doubt that if mankind is given long enough to work at it, barring the possibility that we destroy ourselves with our pride, we’ll have associations with folks on other planets, we’ll have teleportation, clean and abundant energy, and other marvels.
Of course I don’t know these things for certain, but I do know that we are capable of most anything with enough work and dedication.
My point? My point wasn’t really stated above. I guess that anyone engaged enough to read this post will want to know the point though. Here it comes. Are you ready?
There are times where we fail to plan out our lives because we feel like so much is uncertain. We often feel very much like we are not in control. I would suggest that such feelings do not reflect reality. We, more than anyone else, are in control of our lives. That is, in fact, the foundational attitude of self-reliance. The realization that we are in control of our own lives. It is more than a realization. It is a commitment.
You are the master of your destiny, and I am the master of mine. As it relates to faith, we can be, if we choose, partners with the Lord in determining the outcome of our lives. Trusting in Christ is the ultimate act of self-reliance. It is, in part, what it means to be self-reliant spiritually.
I know that seems counter-intuitive. But, when one realizes that the only person wanting your own success more than you do is Jesus Christ, it becomes plain to see how putting your trust in him is the ultimate act of self-reliance.
But only you, and only I, can choose. With enough dedication and work you can achieve most anything. So don’t let the pressure of the day convince you that life will overpower you in your desires and your goals.
Sure, there could be obstacles along the way. But all obstacles will be overcome with enough dedication. Time is only relative anyway. Righteous desires aren’t only meant to be realized in mortality. With enough dedication, ALL of your righteous desires can and will be realized. That is a promise from the highest source (obviously not me) 🙂