I tried to read the paper this morning. I say I tried because after scanning three headlines, I sensed that gray cloud of despair start to hover over my head. I could see the worry warts headed in my direction, ready to pound me into submission, into the understanding that the world is really a mess and there is nothing I can do about it. Yes, that was the feeling!
I put the paper down! I started thinking about all those things in Philippians 4:8 that we’re advised to think about. “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and heard…and the God of peace will be with you.” I made a list of all the things I’m grateful for this morning right away and then for some reason my mind drifted to Winnie-the-Pooh.
Winnie-the-Pooh was a very focused bear! He kept his mind on only one thing, finding the honey! Pooh only wanted this satisfying sweetness of the world. Even if he got stuck in a tree trunk going after what he believed would make him happy, he kept up the effort. Sometimes he enlisted his friends to help him out. One thing was for sure. He was always hungry and he always hoped for more honey.
I’m a little like that too. I’m always hoping for the sweeter things in life, the moments shared with people I love and the work that satisfies my soul. I’m always seeking more of the things that bring a beam of light into the day and a smile to my face. Sure, I know you can’t always find the honey without sometimes finding the bees, but you can be thinking about it or searching for ways to share it. You can be thanking God for the little things that make life good so that when the creators of scary headlines seek to make your world gloomy, you have a place to go, a place that is good.
I’m not sure what you like to think about, but I know I don’t have as much energy for all the things I have to accomplish if my heart is already heavy from the outside in. I have to stop right there and try again to seek that peace and those happy thoughts that can truly only come from the inside out. God created us to discover Him everywhere we look, so that when we do, we feel satisfied, knowing we’re sitting right next to all He desires to give us, even a big pot of honey.
You can think about whatever you want, but whenever an Eeyore moment tries to put a dark cloud over my head today, I’m going to look around for Winnie-the-Pooh because he will remind me to search for the honey.
Have a sweet day!