“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (ESV)
Humans are incredible creatures.
On average we have 37 trillion cells in our body. And our eyes can distinguish between 2 and 7 million colours. Million!
But do you want to know something else we’re really good at?
Oh drats… and you thought I was going to say something uplifting!
I’m not sure what the exact definition of “wallowing” is, but if I were the chief editor of Funk and Wagnalls this is how I would describe it: “The human tendency to go through something unpleasant, think about it incessantly, mentally kick yourself for a variety of unhelpful reasons, and drag people around you down and into your puddle in the process.”
I’m not saying we should lock our blue emotions in a closet and pretend they aren’t there. But wallowing is the unhelpful human habit of following them into the closet, locking the door, and pretending that’s the whole house.
In light of this tendency, Mark Batterson has a helpful, correcting perspective: “Often an open door to another room begins with a sense of discontentment about the room you’re already in.”
If something in your life is bringing great discontentment, maybe it’s just a temporary room and not a permanent state of affairs. What if that experience was a prompting, or a nudge, to re-open a conversation with God, examine yourself or your circumstances, and re-craft the next chapter of your life whose first sentence is always today.
“Often an open door to another room begins with a sense of discontentment about the room you’re already in.”
So yes, humans are incredible creatures. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day. And your outer skin sheds itself every two to four weeks.
And when the going gets tough, you have the soaring ability—with God’s help—to still start each new day with a creative spark for something great.
By Matthew Ruttan