Since December, my boys have become obsessed with Angry Birds–a highly addictive mobile app by Rovio. Although I often get caught up pulling the slingshot to launch those angry birds into the various contraptions to protect the pig, I kind of think the game is pointless. (Okay, its fun.)
The thing that strikes me most about the game are those green pigs, not the birds. When my husband first introduced the game to me the first thing I noticed is how those pigs, although being strategically attacked by various non-flying birds, always maintain a satisfied smirk posted across their round little faces. What is even more irritating is how they break out into a huge grin after their shelter crumbles and they are still in tact. Then, I thought about it.
So many of us have a disgruntled attitudes about life. We go about our days frowning and complaining not, really taking the time to truly be thankful for life. We say that we are thankful but are never satisfied. Instead of having a grateful outlook, we become angry and pout when we do not get our way. We look for the bad in everything and discard the good like yesterday’s trash. What happened to the idea that every dark cloud has a silver lining?
I think it got lost in the innocence of our childhood or the absolute pessimism in our society. We don’t believe in government, leadership, each other, or ourselves. The only thing we believe is that something is always wrong or will inevitably be wrong. We’ve lost our faith.
Those green angry bird pigs don’t move, don’t fight back, or even complain. Instead, they sit, anticipating battle with a look of utter and deliberate resilience. With the exception of their shelter, some of the pigs have nothing but what looks like faith. It is the ultimate fake it until you make it showing. These pigs, like the ones who have armor, appear to believe that yes, these angry birds are attacking me but it is not over until something smashes me right out of existence. I will be satisfied, content even, in this moment (Phillipians 4:11).
Are you content? Or, have you fallen into discontentment despite being abundantly blessed?