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Happy Sabbath! Let’s start with a word of prayer. Happy Thanksgiving! Did you have a good Thanksgiving? I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What would a wonderful thanksgiving look like? Lots and lots of turkey. Or maybe lots of time to sleep and relax. Would these things make a good Thanksgiving? What do you think would make this Thanksgiving holiday most wonderful? What if you had many many things to be thankful for? Were you thankful during these past few days? Did you take the time to realize how much God has blessed your life? Were you happy because of the many blessings that you have?
I recently listened to a tape of a female chaplain who worked at the Severance hospital at Yonsei University. Let me share with you some of the things that she spoke about. One day, this chaplain was in the lounge with the janitors. She heard the janitors talking about how they envied the cooks in the cafeteria. They envied the cooks because they received official recognition as hospital employees. So this chaplain went to go visit the cooks. She told them about how the janitors envied them. The cooks said, “We cook at home and we cook at work.? “Do you know how hot it is in here?? “We envy the office workers who have air conditioning.? So this chaplain went to the office workers and told them about how the cooks envied them. So the office workers said, “Why do they envy us?? If you want to work in the hospital, you have to be at least a nurse.? “You need to have direct contact with the patients.? “We envy the nurses.? So the chaplain went to the nurses and told them about how the office workers envy them. Their reply was, “Why do they envy us?? “The patients always want to see the doctor.? “They despise us.? “We envy the doctors.? So the chaplain went to the doctors and told them about how the nurses envied them. This is how the doctors replied. “Do you know how hard it is to be a doctor?? “There are so many strange diseases.? “And when we heal them, do you know what the patients say?? They say, “we are well because the chaplain prayed for us.? So us doctors become unimportant. We envy the chaplain. So obviously the most happy person in the hospital must be the chaplain, right? Wrong. Do you know who the chaplain envies? The female chaplain envies the pastor. She says, “I envy the pastor because I have to retire when I am 60, but the pastor can work till he is 65.? “And the pastor receives a bigger salary.? “And when I go to see the patients, they despise me.? “They always want to see the pastor.?
I’m sure that you see the point. People always find happiness by comparing themselves with others. And by trying to get what they don’t have. People without houses envy those with houses. A person with a little house wants a bigger house. A person without a job wishes they had a job. A person with a blue collar job wants a white collar job. We all do this don’t we. I admit it, I do it to. I’m trying to break out of this habit. But yes I do it.
By comparing ourselves with others do we find happiness? Do we find happiness by trying to get what we don’t have? Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about what we want. We do this for a simple reason. We believe
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