In The Labryinth

I don’t know if any of you have ever seen the Jim Henson movie Labyrinth (starring David Bowie). If you haven’t it is very entertaining. Anyway, about two thirds of the way through the movie they introduce a very familiar character. It is not familiar in the way it looks so much as the way it acts. The character is that of a bag lady that lives in a junkyard. She picks up things that she has gathered all through her life and carries them around with her with the mistaken idea that these ‘things’ make her happy. Eventually she had gathered so many of the useless ‘treasures’ that you couldn’t even see her body, only her head sticking out of a huge pile of useless junk. The thing that most people don’t seem to understand is that happiness is a state of being that cannot be gotten from a physical object. Just because you enjoy having an object doesn’t mean you are happy. Enjoyment is a flimsy substitute for happiness, simply because it is usually so short lived. The enjoyment fades as fast as the ‘new’ wears off and you’re left searching for something else to make you ‘happy’. God grants you happiness not just enjoyment. If you gain His happiness it will bring enjoyment with it. And once you’ve found it, the labyrinth disappears.


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