Being “Up”

We all have our ups and downs, with some of which there is nothing wrong. Before sin, Adam had days when he had more oomph than other days, which is a natural thing like getting tired, and sleeping, as Jesus did.

However, we ought always to be emotionally or spiritually “up” (again, that “upness” will vary in degree), and one good way to keep it up is to count one’s blessings.  This is old enough counsel – such as in the old-time song “If upon life’s billows…..”  But the soundness of the advise lies in the fact that we get down by focusing on the negatives of life.  For example, instead of being happy about work and our pay, if somebody gets more for the same job (which ain’t right, of course) “they” steal our happiness away from us, which we ought not allow anybody else, or anything, to do.

It has helped me a lot in this universal problem to think of how we all, generally speaking, live a life like kings nowadays in comparison with anybody that ever lived on earth before us, even recent royalty.  Personal autos, abundance of water for showering, modern medicine (glasses), absence of many diseases (TB, for example, crippled scads of people in my generation).

Last night I raced through a book about Harriet B. Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.  (Her house, incidentally, was near where I went to school in Hartford, CN, right next to Mark Twain’s, by the way.  Was fun to visit both.)  But in her day life-expectancy was short; many mother’s died in child-birth.  Many kids never survived weaning.  And talk about uncomfortable lives!  Their daily routine (chopping wood, outhouse toilets) sound like another planet now.  Our ability to run to Macs for a shake, or take in a movie (flicks in my boyhood were a colossal joke), is a life that Solomon would have thought was literally “heaven”.

All of which is to say nix regarding our spiritual advantages over even “saved” people of previous generations, and even today in many parts of the world.  You ought to read the chapter in Stowe book about her “joining church”.   Dour clergyman asked her if she realized that she was hell-bound, a miserable worm, prone to all manner of evil, etc.  Upon her affirmative reply he said, “Good; now you can be a church-member.”  And too many people are still under that kind of a cloud, bondage.

By contrast, we ought to be full of joy every minute of the day.

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