Stewardship: A Way of Life

Stewardship: A Way of Life

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And now the movie!!! For six years for millions around the world, time stopped as Downton Abbey came to life on our TV screen.  Both men and women turned in to experience life lived for this very wealthy family living in a ‘castle’ in England. And in all this time, decades passed, styles changed, the world came closer to the family, and life continued with all its problems for those living upstairs and those  living downstairs.  And you thought that people who lived like this had no problems! Wrong.  For many this show was their happy place. All other concerns for the listeners disappeared as one sat transfixed in the life of the Cauleys. Moments like this are rare, but very necessary.

Did we ever doubt that God wants us to be happy? But to some, being happy might seem selfish. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Being happy makes us a better person in so many ways, physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Every person for him or herself has to decide what is ‘your happy place.’ Where, when, how are yours alone to decide. Being happy can be singular or in touch with others.  Finding a good book that transports you out of this world and into another is extremely rewarding. Watching a child, especially yours, that makes you grin or laugh is a momentary happy place. Talking, not texting, and hearing the voice of a friend, a loved one makes you feel good and is important to both ends of the line. A thousand different ways every day afford us a moment of peace and   happiness, if only we pay attention . Some prefer sun rises while others prefer sunsets. And many more don’t even notice either.

Sunday, September 22, 2019, the New York Times newspaper headline read “THE WORLD WE LIVE IN NOW IS ONE IN WHICH NO PLACE IS SAFE, NO LIVES REALLY MATTER, WHEN IT COMES TO VIOLENCE.” Now I speak about being happy every day.  How does one divorce this headline from how we live our lives every day? It is getting harder and harder. But taking a moment every day to be happy has become more important for our mental and emotional health.

Each of us must seek out how to feel happy. Being happy is not temporary. It goes to the depth of our very being and it is implanted into our memory bank from which we can make a withdrawal any time that we wish. Watching , hearing,    reading about continual violence  is not healthy, while at the same time we cannot bury our heads in the sand and not know what is happening in our world. The balance is what we must seek to find. Being happy for only a moment or longer should be on our To Do List every day. Life is too short and also one that we have no control over as to its ending.      Therefore, be happy at some point every day.  Do it for yourself. Do it for others who must be with you every day.  And do it for God who wishes it for us every day. We matter to Him!

by Kathy Reilly