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 Suddenly, my Motorola flip phone seemed out-of-date.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:
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