The Thing You Need to be Happy

Reading what Stephen Cottrel has to say about constantly seeking joy, always looking for the reward in the future (p52), reminded me of Lynette’s speech in the final ever episode of Desperate Housewives

The realisation you have what you need to be happy, and not needing to look for the next thing. Wise advice.

If you constantly live looking into the future, you never enjoy the present and it’s delights.  Heaven can be found in the most unlikely places – even the wilderness, but we have to be open to seeing it.

In this we can be challenged to see and delight in God in every person, in every moment itself and all that it holds (p53)

31 Don’t worry and ask yourselves, “Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?” 32 Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. 33 But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.

34 Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.

These thoughts are reflecting on Spencer’s painting Consider the Lilies (seen here).

This year for Lent, I am reading Christ in the Wilderness by Bishop Stephen Cottrell, published by SPCK, reflecting on Stanley Spencer’s paintings of that title.

I’m not necessarily going to blog every day on it, just when something leaps out at me – and they will be thoughts rather than full blog posts

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