Well, everybody’s friend Charley Brown goes to dark-haired Lucy Van Pelt. She offers psychiatric advice at 5 cents a clip. Charley’s question is the usual—will he ever be mature and well-adjusted? Lucy says she’ll have to have her fee in advance. Why in advance? he asks.
Because, she says, he won’t like the answer. San Diego U-T, 5/23/17
A very timely story relating to people in their search for happiness, fulfillment, pleasure and prosperity. How can they find any, or all, of those things?
If they want a preacher’s feel-good answer, ask that guy in Houston—or any number of other guys preaching “feel good” sermons. If they want a secular psychologist’s answer, ask any degreed doctor. He’ll say the same as the guy in Houston. If you want a financial wizard’s answer, ask Buffet or Dobbs.
But if you want the truth, go to Jesus and ask, “Lord, how can I be happy, well-adjusted and secure?” You won’t like the answer, but it will be the truth. For Jesus Christ says the way to receive all that people seek in vain in every other way they seek, he gives free of charge at our personal self-denial and service in his kingdom.
Understand that Christ’s promise comes certainly and surely, but also conditionally. It comes easily, without looking or working for it. But it also comes with the hardest challenge we’ll ever face at the highest cost we’ll ever pay: Denial of self!
Give up the right to rule yourself. Turn over the mortgage on your life to Christ’s sacrifice. Let him determine what you believe, how you think, how you live. He’ll provide all you need for a successful life.
We won’t like the first condition. It’s unnatural. But we’ll like the result of paying its price.
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