If You Are a Mule….I once heard or read somewhere that if a person calls you a “mule” it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a mule. If two people call you a “mule,” you are still not a mule. But, if three or more people call you a mule…go ahead a hitch up the reins and saddle up….you must be a mule!!
What people think about or perceive of us can be hurtful at times to our lives…especially when we are misunderstood and thought to be something negative or someone negative. Ouch! It just plain out hurts!
I suppose we can “all” sound like a broken record at times repeating and repeating those things that we feel would make us happy…Yet those things never seem to happen within our lives. We can at times reach a point of just wishing to give up on life…When this occurs, it might be time to take inventory to see what really does and does not matter in life.
I think it is somewhat of a curse when you wish for people to like and accept you as you are….and, they don’t! I guess the only way to be accepted as you are is if you are perfect or near perfect! Well, that certainly leaves me out! Yet; it seems to work well for others…being accepted for simply who they are…nothing added to it…unconditional love…
It amazes me how some people can be fully accepted and valued for just being themselves while others, like myself, seem to work endlessly and tirelessly to “make” it happen! I’m sure some of you know exactly what I am talking about. Sadly, you may even feel the same way.
Sometimes, adult life can be a whole lot like high school life even after your own grandchildren have graduated high school! What I mean by that is back in the good old high school days there were certain people or classmates who could just walk down the hallway not ever speaking to another soul as they confidently strolled from class to class…Yet, they would be voted on the homecoming court each year because of their favorable looks and appearances! It didn’t matter if they possessed or didn’t possess a good personality…just loved because of their looks!! You can say that physical looks aren’t everything…but they sure provide some people with a few added perks in this life! Yet, those students who went out of their way to be friendly and speak to everyone….Well, let’s just say they never made the team!
Continuing with the high school theme…It wasn’t all about performance or grades either. I know people who nearly failed every subject in high school or at best maintained a “C” average… yet they live the comfort of a millionaire’s lifestyle today….while the rest of us who worked hard to keep up our GPA’s only manage to make a decent week-to-week living. Vanity…all is vanity.
All of this makes me think about King Solomon of Israel who wrote in the Book of Ecclesiastes, “All is vanity…All is vanity.” Actually, the NIV reads, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly Meaningless!” Wow! Those are some strong words coming out of the King’s mouth! But, don’t we all feel that same way at times?? I know I do. The rat-race of life…trying to please people who will NEVER be pleased with anything we ever say or do…waking up each day to making up the same old beds, correctly hanging the towels, replacing the tissue roll when needed, cleaning out the same old dishwasher, washing, drying, and folding of clothes, mowing the same old grass during the summer or raking the leaves in the fall…washing and styling your hair only to have to re-wash and style it the next day…All is vanity.
I love that King Solomon wrote in the Bible, “So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me…all of it meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 2:17). Don’t you just love that a rich, powerful King found life to be dull and meaningless at times! I sometimes wonder if people who become so seriously depressed with depression that they wish to take their own lives would read the entire book of Ecclesiastes several times over that it would make a difference in their own thoughts and perspectives. Even the most powerful and richest man on earth complained that life had become dull and meaningless to him, even with all the resources of the world at his fingertips. So, why should we be any different? Doesn’t the toils of life just simply get dull and frustrating to all of us at times? Don’t people everywhere misunderstand the actions of others at times??
Yet; how did King Solomon solve and resolve his disappointments with life and all that it has to offer? ( Especially, since he stated that he set out to withhold from himself nothing on earth that he desired!) Well, in actuality he concluded with these words, “Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV).
Did you see that? Did you read that? “EVERYTHING will be judged whether it be good or evil! Who will judge it? God…not mankind.” Yippee!!! The one and only just, all-knowing Judge who will bring justice to the injustices of life…I don’t know about you but that makes me sigh a breath of relief! There is a pay-day at the end of the road…and it will be a just and a fair pay-day not based upon other men’s opinions and thoughts…but based upon God’s truth and all-knowing of the heart.
Today, you may be facing a bunch of people who are calling you a “mule,” yet you know within your heart that you are not a mule…Take comfort that the God of Heaven will one day defend you for all eternity. And, all the vain things that we have to do and redo each day will be passed away…Yes, Virginia…There is a HOPE…and HIs name is Christ Jesus, God’s own Son. Rest today in His blessed assurances…the only assurances that we can truly rely on. “The Joy of the Lord is MY strength!” Amen.
I so enjoy when I find comfort in the blessed Words of God, the Bible. Sometimes when the routines of life and the challenges presented start to weigh me down, I love to pick up King Solomon’s words and know that one day…all the meaningless things of life will be passed away and all will be at rest. Fear God and Keep His commandments. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author