Slippery When Happy

It was the fall of 2007, and many of my friends were upgrading to a new Apple device called the iPhone. I marveled at the 3.5′ multi-touch screen and the little square icons called apps. Suddenly, my Motorola flip phone seemed out-of-date.

A few years later, someone in the waiting room at my doctor’s office was on her iPhone. I watched her reach into her backpack and seamlessly switch to a second mobile device with the biggest touch screen I’d ever seen. “What is that?!” I said, mouth gaping. “It’s an iPad,” she said,looking like a cat that just ate the canary. I’d upgraded to a phone with a QWERTY keyboard by then, but couldn’t yet afford anything with an Apple logo.

Being a gadget guy, it was hard watching others enjoy the latest tech. Frankly, I was envious when my friends and coworkers raved about their new Apple products.

“If only I had an iThis or iThat…” became my “woe is me” mantra.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

Today, as a middle-aged human, I possess the following: an Apple iPhone 13, an iPad, a MacBook Air laptop, and an AppleWatch.

May I tell you a little secret? I’m no happier now than I was with that Motorola flip phone.😳

Personal happiness is slippery. Each of the devices I just mentioned brought a temporary thrill, but I returned to my default satisfaction level faster than a fireman sliding down a pole.👨🏻‍🚒

Kind reader, I’ve learned the hard way that happiness and joy aren’t necessarily one and the same. Long lasting, genuine contentment (unslippery happiness) is the gift of God.

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 (NIV)

One day, in the middle of an “I need an iThis or iThat…” mantra, the Holy Spirit said to me:

You’re God’s Child, and That’s Enough

Thank you for reading and watching. I sincerely appreciate your interest in my blog! Happy New Year. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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63 responses to “Slippery When Happy”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Dawn. I love the verse you shared! God Bless!

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  2. Dawn Avatar

    I enjoyed your song! 🎶Yes! Being God’s child is enough. The things of the world can’t bring the satisfaction we desire. Makes me think of the verse, “He opens His hands and satisfies the desires of every living thing.” Psalm 145:16

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Mags! God Bless.

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  4. Mags Avatar

    Amen! God gives us just what we need when we need it. I enjoyed your song. Blessings

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You are right, Nancy! Once we start counting our blessings, it’s clear God gives us enough. Thank you for the compliment! I appreciate your stopping by!

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  6. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    If we started listing all the benefits we receive, just because we’re God’s children, it would soon become clear: everything He supplies IS more than enough. Wonderful song, David–thank you for sharing your creative/musical talent with us!

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  7. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    Sorry to be late getting back to you. I was out for a while but am home now. Call any time!

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  8. peggywritesblog Avatar

    Thank you. And to you!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Peggy! Thank it for the compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed my sing. God’s best to you.

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  10. peggywritesblog Avatar

    Love your song! Beautiful, and full of truth! Thanks for sharing your gifts.

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  11. jesusluvsall Avatar

    I couldn’t resist lol

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Very funny, Matt!😂 iWitness😳

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  13. jesusluvsall Avatar

    and if you ever see a crime, you will be an eye witness 🙂
    I love apple products but even they are temporary. I have an iPad mini and a macbook air-mine to use but belongs to the school.

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks for sharing your experience, as a fellow techie, Dean! Jo Berry, from the Berry Bunch Family Ministry, likes to remind her husband Andy: “The Lord doesn’t need money to accomplish His work.”
    🙏Prayers continue for your next job. God is faithful!

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  15. Gospelroad#66 Avatar
    Gospelroad#66

    Love this post! I have worked for Apple and have watched all the latest events and even have an iPhone and you’re right, it makes you no happier! In fact, 7 years ago I never had any touch screen phones or gadgets and I was incredibly happy and on fire for the Kingdom of God -may as you said we keep our lives free from the love of money! Hope you have a blessed 2023 brother! God bless 🥰

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes! She was a resident at one of the assisted living homes where I sang. Mrs. Lambert lived to be 100; she shared this quote with the local news when they interviewed her.

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  17. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    What a wise friend! That is a keep-worthy quote!

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Deb! Happy New Year, and God Bless!

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  19. deborah w. farris Avatar

    David, thank you for this beautiful blessing today. I am twice blessed! By your wisdom and musical talent!! I love it when they go hand in hand. 🙏☺️

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  20. marlagro Avatar

    Yes! That gave me a good idea for blogs. Fill in the blanks. I think I’ll concoct my next blog right now. 🤔❤🙂

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Petrina! Happy New Year to you as well. God Bless!

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  22. Petrina Avatar
    Petrina

    Amen, David.

    Salvation is the greatest gift and to be a child of God is enough! Nothing can beat that. Happy and blessed New Year to you and your family! 🙂🙏🏾

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    How about, “Dump your phone; talk to God.”

    Thanks for stopping by, marlagro! Happy New Year, and God Bless.

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  24. marlagro Avatar

    Amen! I cherished my slider phone with the querty keyboard. I have a dumpy Android and would like to be back in pre technology era. 2023 motto…dump the phones, use that time for God. You think that motto will catch on? 🙂❤🙂

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    And I thank you, Funmi for stopping by my little blog during 2022. I appreciate you for your kind words. 🙏May you have a blessed new year!

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  26. Funmi Avatar
    Funmi

    Thanks for sharing David!
    I’m in the process of choosing a new shiny gadget to buy and this article helped me re-evaluate my motive.

    I like how you said that God is the only one who gives unslippery happiness. Not humans nor the gadgets.

    Happy New year David 🎊🎊 Thank you for the consistency in the last year. May this year bring on more of God’s blessings and growth.

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  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you! Happy New Year, and God Bless.

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  28. An Audience of One Avatar
    An Audience of One

    Beautifully said, David, and so true!

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    A heavenly jam session with King David would be quite the treat! I use to bring the cows in to milk them—sorta like a shepherd. 🐄🐄🐄🤠

    Thank you so much, Beth! Your encouraging comments are always a big pick me up.

    Happy New Year to the Alisan family! Doggy hugs for Adi and Summer. 🐕‍🦺🦮

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  30. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Love it! I use an actual paper copy Bible to keep my face in. And I’m going to use my new “title’ proudly!

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Doubly wise number cruncher/Jesus lover! Good for you. Someone once asked our pastor, “Are you on Facebook?” He held up his Bible and said, “No. I keep my face in the Book.”

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Hey, Jeff. I hear you brother. I’ve been suddenly unemployed before but not disabled. I can only imagine what that feels like. But, like you, God has never let me down. I pray for trusting faith, as well. I will keep lifting you up to God in prayer, brother! Maybe we can visit by telephone sometime tomorrow? Thanks for reading and commentating. God Bless!

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  33. Beth Alisan Avatar

    I love all the Biblical truths woven into your song, David. I had to think that one day you and King David are going to be having a jam session together in heaven, comparing tunes and admiring each others lyrics of praise. Happy New Year!

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  34. God Still Speaks Avatar

    WP is all I am on. Never have been on Facebook or any other platform. Not enough hours in a day as it is now!

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  35. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You are one wise woman! Frankly, I’m not sure I could go back to my flip phone days. But I once thought I could never leave Facebook or Instagram either. I quit four years ago and haven’t been back. WP is the only social media I use, and it’s addictive enough by itself.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    David

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  36. God Still Speaks Avatar

    As a person who has the newest flip phone, I am quite content with it. I do not get cell service at the ranch, so turn it off when I get home. I use it for emergencies, and texting, and that’s it. I think my life is freer and simpler for it.

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  37. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    First, great song! I enjoyed the post overall and the approach to this issue of always being tempted to find happiness in things. After two devastating layoffs and now disability, winning the lottery sure sounds like a good time to me! But then God has never really let me down. I’ve seen hard times, but I’ve always had food, shelter, and…God. I keep praying to have faith and trust Him the rest of the way. Thanks for this, brother!

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  38. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You make a great point, brother! Our treasure in heaven doesn’t spoil or fade. There are many more applications here than I realized!
    God Bless you, and yours in 2023, as well! Thanks for stopping by.

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  39. Alan Kearns Avatar

    So true David! I must confess I have an all singing and dancing DGT chess board which I had longed for, and now sits staring at me in the corner of the room. That was a lesson learned and still putting it into practice regarding mobiles and tablets today. The best tech fades and even may rust, but our treasure in Christ is secure…hallelujah!
    I love the song David, I thought I heard some touches of Keith Green in your tone. God bless you and your family today and in 2023 brother 🙏

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  40. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Craig! For some reason your comment went to my spam folder. Happy New Year, and God Bless!

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  41. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yep. There’s always something new and improved. Like you said, today’s tech is obsolete before you know it.

    I am grateful for your reading and regularly commenting, SimplyB!
    The happiest of New Years to you and yours also!

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  42. SimplyB Avatar

    What a great post, I can relate completely being a “gotta have it” tech person. And in result, we have a plethora of tech junk that quickly outdated and was totally obsolete before you could blink your eyes. But, as your song (that you wrote!!) says, it’s enough to be God’s child. God never outdates, never becomes obsolete, never ceases to work or needs repairs. Why would we crave anything else? Thank you for always sharing such good, encouraging content. Happy New Years to you and Nancy and your family!

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  43. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes indeed, He is! Thank you for reading and commenting, Nicola. Happy New Year!

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  44. seeingliketheeagle Avatar

    So true David. That initial thrill of new gadgets and things soon wears off. Jesus is enough.

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  45. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Well, you will be happy to know, if you ever get to visit us in MN, there is almost no cell service at our place. I get better cell service in wilderness areas than here.

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  46. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, BG. Happy New Year to you,as well! Blessings.

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  47. craig sabin Avatar

    Best thing I’ve read and listened to in a long time. Thank you.

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  48. BG Avatar

    Great stuff! Happy New Year bro!

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  49. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes! Sometimes I miss being disconnected like I used to be. It was clumsy to try and text on my old flip phone. I had to resort to calling Someone. Imagine that!

    Thanks, Gary! Here’s to a blessed 2023.

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  50. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Sometimes I am also not sure what I am doing! I only had a few lessons and never played with any pros. I am a fan of Andrew Peterson, Phil Keaggy and Bebo Norman and after watching them in concert have no idea what any of them are doing either!

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  51. Gary Fultz Avatar

    A nice “message song” David. “you’re God’s child and that’s enough” That line would also make a good sermon…even a book on the believer’s lifestyle. A good way to welcome 2023 I say. My wife said “What did you want for Christmas? I said “My old flip phone”

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  52. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Agreed! You reminded me of something my 100 year old friend used to say: “Life itself can’t bring you joy unless you really will it. Life just gives you time and space it’s up to you to fill it. “

    Happy New Year!

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  53. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    I have found the same. Even when I’m really excited about getting something new, the excitement and happiness wear off pretty quickly. Only Christ brings lasting peace and contentment.

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  54. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Pete. I’m mainly a finger style player. I enjoy watching you play as well! Sometimes I say, “What did he just do!?”

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  55. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Very nice and I love your playing style!

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  56. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Bridget! A blessed and happy new year to you, as well.

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  57. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I love the song. And I appreciate the message. Definitely something our world (myself included) needs to remember. May we learn to be content with Jesus alone. I hope you have a safe and happy new year. And a blessed 2023.

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  58. davidsdailydose Avatar

    “The things of this earth cannot satisfy.” This is exactly what I meant to say in this post. You are great at summarizing, Andy!

    Thank you for your encouraging words. I work hard to have something worthwhile to say in the Lord, but I’m never sure how things are going to land with my readers.

    Here’s to a blessed 2023!

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  59. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Pete. I wrote the song in 2014–about the time I got my first iPhone 📱 and realized it wasn’t THAT big of a deal.

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  60. Andy Brown (andrewbrown100) Avatar

    A great lesson from a great post, and from an all-round, great blog! Thank you for your encouragement. This is an important lesson and that the things of this earth cannot satisfy. Thank God that he does! God bless you.

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  61. pastorpete51 Avatar

    I’m loving your song. Is this brand new? Great points here Dave and one I can identify with, though I did give away my apple watch to our grandson after I realized I was only using it to tell time and not all the neat things in can probably do!

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  62. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true, Barb! I can personally testify to this: NOTHING can truly take His rightful place in our lives. Happy New Year, and God Bless!

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  63. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Amen 🙏

    All the best tech in the world is no substitute for a relationship with our CREATOR!

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