I love Leo Tolstoy’s book titled, Family happiness. Here’s my favorite quote from it…
“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes might be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor – such is my idea of happiness.”
I added emphasis to “people to whom it is easy to do good,” because I want to always remember there’s nothing more important to community than being the kind of person who gives and receives – easily. Not unlike you, my natural tendency is to keep score and give where reciprocated. God, help me give like you. God, help me receive more from you. And, God, thanks for the gift of our home in the county, good work with a few, the deer congregating outside my window, the dogs beside me, my bride getting ready, Shane & Shane’s version of the song “Our God is Greater” playing as I write, and the anticipation of tomorrow’s ride with neighbors and a few friends from afar. Happiness isn’t complicated, is it? Happiness is simple. Simple.