The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. (Proverbs 10:28).
I once got on a public transport in the South of the City of Mexico. Then an old man also boarded the vehicle. The chauffer was extremely rude to him and even charged him the equivalent of two tickets because he was carrying a huge bag. In spite of it all, the old man didn’t lose his smile, paid what was asked and started to chat with the unfriendly chauffer. Since he insisted on chatting so much, the chauffer ended up giving in and talking with him. During their conversation it turned out the old man was originally from what is currently the Czech Republic and that he had arrived in Mexico forty years before. He was a teacher and knew several languages. «I really like Mexico because people are kind here and you can feel peace everywhere,» the old man affirmed.
«Do you really think so? Aren’t you afraid of so much violence?» the chauffer replied.
«My friend. As Mexicans, you don’t know what true violence is. Mexico is mostly a peaceful land. There is war in other places.»
«Why do you say that?»
«You don’t know what a bombing is, having your city destroyed by a foreign army. What’s more, people here are peaceful no matter what anyone says. In the region where I grew up, hatred is felt all around. War is lurking.»
«So, do you like this country?»
«Of course, I do! It’s a country full of freedom, peace and opportunities. I don’t understand why you don’t enjoy what you have.»
While the old man spoke, I started thinking that happiness is a personal choice. God gives us the chance to be happy each day, but we decide whether we accept the joy of living or not. We are the ones who complicate our own lives and worry unnecessarily; the ones who fill our heads with anxiety when faced with the littlest insecurity. Meanwhile, there are other people who have decided to take advantage of the happy times God has given them.
What are your joys? What does your happiness depend on? In whom have you placed your future? Do you realize you don’t need to go too far to enjoy the life the Lord has given you? I invite you today to be happy right where you are and pass that joy of living on to those around you.