Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Finding Eeyore....Again!

The last two times our grandchildren have been over to play I have called myself checking to see if all the toys got put up. Then both times in a day or two I've found poor little Eeyore off somewhere all by himself. Pouting I guess. Or feeling sorry for himself. That what he does best.
The first time I found him was purely accidental. I was in the living room looking into the kitchen and saw something under the dining table. Something a little more than the normal dust bunnies that usually reside there. I had no idea what it was, seeing it from a distance, but when I went into the kitchen and knelt down to look, there he was...little Eeyore...facedown on the floor. I rescued him and took him back to the toy box so he could visit with Pooh, Elmo and Barbie.

The last time the kids were here we gathered up ''all'' the toys before they left. Or so I thought until the next afternoon when I found little Mr. Eeyore...again off alone. This time flat on his back! I took pity on him and took him back to the toy box.

I guess the reason I'm writing about Eeyore is that I so identify with him! He can be so ''dismally gloomy'' much of the time. So can I! Oh, I don't really intend to be. I think that I have things all straightened out, my life in order and all tidy, and then all of a sudden there he is...Eeyore... my gloomy side....and I either fall flat on my face in defeat or I find myself lying on my back lazily moping my time away.

Neither of these attitudes will do me much good. And the devil knows this. The doom and gloom story is one of his best weapons against us Christians. He tries to make us think that we are total failures. He tries to make us think that we'll never be good enough. The thing is that he uses a little bit of truth with all his lies and we fall for the lie. Yes, I am a failure. No, I'll never be good enough. But what I need to always remember is that it's not about ME! It's all about Him! It's about Jesus Christ. And He will never fail but always succeeds. He is the only One who has ever been good enough. Because I have put my faith in Him, then He has covered me with His righteousness and I can receive eternal life just as if I'd never sinned.

So when you're living life and find Eeyore hiding in a corner making you feel gloomy, just remember where your joy comes from! "for the joy of the LORD is your strength."(Neh.8:10 b)

King David also had a gloomy side to him sometimes. His antidote is found in Psalm 42:11 where he says: "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God."

So I pray that I can keep my Eeyore side cheered up in the joy of the LORD. How about you? Does Eeyore ever show up at your house?

God bless you!