Do you ever wonder why there are so many problems in our world? Three men got together for lunch and started talking about people and their problems. One of the men said, “The trouble with most people is that they eat too much.”

The second man said, “No, it’s not how much you eat, but what you eat that counts.”

The third man was a doctor. He answered, “It’s neither what you eat nor how much. It’s what’s eating you that is important.”

There are some things in life that really eat at us. Difficult people often cause us problems. They treat us unfairly, stab us in the back, and take every opportunity they get to hurt us. How about circumstances? Remember the last time you got mad because you were late for an appointment? It’s easy to be disappointed when things don’t turn out like we hoped they would. At other times, our surroundings make us uncomfortable. We’re easily influenced by the weather, the local news, and even rush hour traffic. These things put our character to the test all the time.

When things bother us, we can choose one of two responses. Either we can praise God in spite of it all, or we can murmur and complain. To murmur is to look at life from a negative viewpoint and allow our problems to control us.

Praise looks at life and sees God in every detail. I often tell people, “If you can’t be happy where you are, you won’t be happy with what you get.” No change in your situation can bring you happiness and purpose. That can only come from Christ.

Do you want to be happy? Then you know which choice to make. I hope you will starve those things that have been eating you, and praise your God today.

Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power. A childlike and abiding trust in Providence is its best preventive and remedy. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder