Saturday, October 01, 2005
The Glad Game
"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." (Psalm 100: 1, 2, 4)Do you moan about how awful your life is and wish it would change for the better? Are you grateful for what you have now?
In the film, Pollyanna, a young orphan arrives in a town to live with her aunt who knows nothing about love let alone looking after a young girl; and the locals are always complaining. But Pollyanna has a different perspective of life. She was taught to be glad about what you already have. Pollyanna’s optimism soon influences everyone in the town, including her aunt.
No matter what your situation is there is always something to be glad about. To be glad is to be appreciative of what you already have Now. Being glad about something is also blessing whatever you have now, which is instantly multiplied.
In the Bible there is a story of a widow who is in debt and she is afraid her sons are going to be taken into bondage. She asks the prophet, Elisha, for assistance. Elisha asks her what she has and the woman says she only has a pot of oil. Elisha advises her to borrow as many vessels as she can from her neighbours and do the following:
"And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full." (2 Kings 4: 2-7)Huh? She has been asked to go into her house and shut the door from everyone, even her sons, and start pouring from the one pot of oil she has into the other containers. This takes some kind of faith, doesn't it? I’m sure the widow's neighbours must have asked her why she wanted to borrow their jars. I don’t suppose she told them what she was about to do. They would have laughed at her. She simply followed Elisha's instructions which got her out of debt.
Now, the Scriptures don’t go into the details about how the oil was multiplied. I would imagine Elisha must have blessed the oil on the widow's behalf, and the woman's belief also helped. Also, to "shut of the door" is symbolic of communing with God or one’s God-Self. Out of one jar of oil, the widow was freed from debt.
There is so much to be glad about. When you are glad about something, it makes you focus on all the good you already have in your life.
I am so glad about the unlimited Good I have in my life right now.