have I in heaven but thee?
And there is none upon earth
that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth:
but God is the strength of my heart,
and my portion for ever."
"Having It All"
There is a popular internet joke that gets sent to me
from time to time that goes something like this:
A secretary, a paralegal, and a partner in a big law
firm are walking to lunch together when they find an
antique oil lamp.
They rub it and a genie comes out in a puff of smoke.
The genie says, "I usually only grant three wishes, so
I'll give each of you just one."
"Me first!" says the secretary. "I want to be in the
Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the
Poof! She's gone!
"Me next!" says the paralegal. "I want to be in Hawaii,
relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, and
endless supply of pina coladas, and the love of my
Poof! He's gone!
"You're next," the genie says to the partner.
The partner says, "I want those two back in the office
right after lunch."
We've been told for ages that we can "have it all." But
there's too much to do, not enough time ~ and no magic
lamp to do it for us. And we wouldn't even want it all
if we didn't think it would make us happy.
However, those in the know say there's an easier path to
a happy life. These three simple thoughts are cited as
the keys to happiness:
1) Fret not . . . He loves you (John 13:1).
2) Faint not . . . He holds you (Psalm 139:10).
3) Fear not . . . He keeps you (Psalm 121:5).
It is possible to have it all . . . by making God your
May you always be assured that if God waits longer than
it is only to make the blessing all the more precious