We continue with our discussion on our American character and values. Thanks for tuning in while I take a much-needed breather and mini-vacation. I look forward to your comments!
Joyfulness: feeling, expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness.
So what does this have to do with our American character, you might ask? I guess it all depends on your attitude. There was a time in this country when people were content with their lot. In times of hardship, they were thankful for what they had. And in times of plenty, they took the time to enjoy what they had. Their joy was a result of their efforts; they took pride in their accomplishments and were satisfied to reap the rewards of an honest day's work.
Self-Pity: excessive, self-absorbed; unhappiness over one's own troubles.
I'm afraid that too many Americans suffer from a lack of self-worth and motivation. Too many are satisfied to accept payment for something they did not earn .... and then covet what others have worked selflessly to obtain. There is an envy and a hunger in the land to possess material wealth that belongs to others, and it has resulted in a misguided anger that threatens to destroy the fabric of our shared soul.
Questions: So how do we re-instate a respect for our abilities and our own self-worth? How do we teach multiple generations to disengage from a welfare system that perpetuates and encourages their self-pity? What can we do to change that dynamic and do it without causing undue strife and stress on our society? And what do you suggest to mend the race and class divisions that have served our politicians so well and so long?
Until people realize that they are meant to be in fellowship with God, and His joy is available to all who seek His purpose for their lives, they will continue to wallow in self-pity. And until people decide to trade that self-pity and low self-esteem for the joy of being self-made and independent, we are only going to see more alienation and isolation.
Psalm 16:11 "You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."