There was a wealthy man named Allan who seemed to have everything he needed. He had a very promising career which afforded him luxuries he had previously only dreamed. He had a lovely family which included a nourishing relationship with his wife. They had many friends and were very active in their community. They hosted the neighborhood cookouts during summers, had a nice vacation property, and even kept in touch with his parents and extended family. However, he was still a bit unhappy. There was something missing.
So Allan decided to seek out what he was missing. He started to think of happier people in his life…
He rememberd that the clerk at his favorite grocery store was always smiling even though she certainly couldn’t be happy working there. So he stopped in and asked why she was always upbeat. She said, “I’ve been working here to pay for my schooling. This year I graduate! Soon I’ll be able to move into the career I’ve been working towards.”
That afternoon, he saw his neighbor fiddling with an old junk car and whistling happy tunes the whole time. Allan curiously questioned his neighbor as to what made him feel like whistling. The neighbor replied, “we’re getting a new car today. I’m just fixing this up a bit so we can trade it in.”
He walked in his house and saw his young daughter jumping up and down with excitement. “What’s going on?” he asked. “Mommy and I are going out for ice cream!” she cheered.
Finally, on his way home from work the next day, he saw a homeless man begging and stopped to give him $20. “Maybe that’ll cheer me up,” he pondered. Allan couldn’t help but notice the huge grin on the man’s face before he even rolled down his window. “Why are you smiling?” Allan asked. The homeless man’s reply surprised Allan. “I know that this world is not my home. Some day soon I’ll be in a mansion in heaven with Jesus and I won’t care about any of this heartache ever again!”
Instantly, Allan felt a tug at his throat as he tried to hold back a tear. All these people he had met were excited about something better that was certainly soon to come. They were optimistic and that optimism showed on their faces. He found himself wondering what he had to “look forward to” and decided to make a list.
This story is make believe and I’ll let you make up your own ending. Today, think of a few things you have to look forward to and write them down for review when you’re feeling down.