I guess it’s true what they say, the grass is greener on the other side; or at least that’s how I felt after my latest trip to Orlando. That’s right, I actually took a trip outside of Bat-Cave through the WFC traveling agency (that’s Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection) and went to visit the city of my friend Adri. What a trip! First off, Orlando has a very interesting layout; far more interesting then Bat-Cave. Their river splits into two directions and make a little island bordered by river on two sides and ocean on a third. Plus, the way Orlando is leveled as you head down the sea is more gradual and also more unique than in Bat-Cave. I must confess to a wee bit of discontentment on returning to the fairly standard and boring layout of the town known as Bat-Cave.
If that weren’t enough to generate discontentment, my friend Adri already has a two story house. Oh, it’s beautiful to behold. I have no idea how she has been able to pay off her mortgage so quickly, but it certainly motivated me as I saw exactly what my own home could look like. Unfortunately, I still have over 190,000 bells to go; it feels like an eternity.
So suffice it to say, I felt a bit jealous of Orlando and disillusioned with Bat-Cave. It’s honestly quite astonishing just how easy it is to feel discontent with what we have. But then I remembered what Paul said in first Timothy (I Timothy 6:6 NIV), that godliness with contentment is great gain. The truth is the things of this world will always leave us feeling discontented because someone will always have something better. But for those of us who find our contentment in God and living our lives in service to him, we’ll find not only true contentment no matter what our situation, but we’ll also gain more than this world could ever offer. We’ll gain eternal life in heaven with the God who loved us so much that he sent his only son to die and rise again from the dead in order to bring us forgiveness and eternal life. Orlando, no matter how lovely could ever offer that; it can only be found in God’s kingdom. Once I remembered that, I suddenly felt quite content and comfy in my home here in Bat-Cave.
Oh, one other neat thing; Christmas lights are now up in Bat-Cave; yeah! All the pine trees now have blinking, colorful lights, and the town looks so delightfully festive. What a joy! I also received a mysterious letter from someone named Jingle announcing he would be in town on December 24th. I’ll have to make sure I’m home in order to meet this odd sounding character.