Have you ever had a crappy day? I bet you have. Everyone has. Nearly every person on this planet or in the past has had a crappy day before. It is one things that reason belies. I hear fanatics, teachers, professors, and my friends saying that we will eventually reach Utopia and everyone will get along perfectly because they will not need anything.
The world does not seem to be getting better. We have made things. We have built things. But what is happening? New problems. Now, kids are getting sick, not because we have a dirty environment or not enough clean faucets and soap, but because we are too clean. More problems keep popping up. Poverty. Which has existed from the beginning of time. Homelessness. Which has existed from the beginning of time. Lack of resources. Which has existed from the beginning of time. Starvation and sickness and death. All have existed since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden.
It does not seem like we have really improved on anything worth improving.
There are people who have everything that they need. Everything. But only everything that the world believes we need.
These people have status, money, food, wealth, family, relationships, and even fame. YET, they are still depressed. People who ‘have it all’ are some of the most messed up humans on this earth. They have no morals. They have everything, but they lost it to things like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, anything and everything that has ever destroyed a person in this life.
We daily hear about another celebrity gone wild or overdosed on drugs.
But, according to the Utopia-believing population, these should be the happiest people in the world.
What went wrong?
Nothing gets better, and the things we value to be the materials that should make us happy, and they don’t. Usually, when we expect one result and receive a different one, it means there was something wrong with our calculations.
Today, I had a really crappy work day. As a new Barista, I am not particularly fast enough to serve more than 3 customers at a time. However, when a huge line came in, the buzzer we use to call another Barista to the front was not working. Eventually, the line was long and I became so behind and flustered that three customers said they could no longer wait and wanted a refund. Which, I didn’t know how to do.
You know the feeling when you know someone wants to yell at you, (and probably should be yelling at you) but they are not because you arena public and it would look bad for the business. That happened. Sometimes, being perceptive and having an excellent ear and good observation can be awful. Especially, when you overhear your boss saying they are frustrated with you and you cannot do anything about it because you are still learning.
I have had worse days, but never at work. Mostly because I normally was able to ignore problems until I got home. Why is life so crappy?
We cannot seem to fix it, no matter how many organizations try. Historically, there is only one organization that has consistently made efforts to help those who lost everything, those who are homeless and cannot help themselves. That organization is the Church.
Because we know that sin is real. We know that every human, as a descendant of Adam, have inherited a sin nature. It is natural for a child to lie, and cheat, and steal, and to act rude, you have to teach kids how to play fair, to tell the truth, that stealing is wrong. We also happened to have inherited an incredible mental state as well. That state is called the phenomena of the guilty conscience.
“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”
“They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them.”
There is a bottom line. I saw in my Bible today in Colossians the title: Not Philosophy But Christ. I am reminded that, in the middle of a storm, you must return to your foundation. Often, the foundation is not comfortable, just like your storm shelter is not built for comfort. Instead, it provides stability, sanctuary, and peace. When you have a guilty conscience or a problem that sends you reeling into a storm, go to the basement.
Go back to the foundation. Many do not even think about what their foundation is or if they have one. If you do not, then I would honestly consider what your foundation is at the moment and if that is the direction God is calling you in.
There is a plan for everyone. No seed becomes a powerful tree without the strengthening of strong winds and storms. Go to the foundation when in the midst of the storm. Go to God when in need.
Be blessed today.