"Despondency is not a state of humility. On the contrary, it is the vexation and despair of a cowardly pride; nothing is worse. Whether we stumble, or whether we fall, we must only think of rising again and going on in our course."
"True piety hath in it nothing weak,
nothing sad, nothing constrained. It enlarges the heart; it is simple,
free, and attractive." (Fenelon)
Those who think God and Godly things are this dour, pinched, constricted affair . . . are dead wrong. God is life, God is love. He is expansive. His Spirit brings the expansive to the withered soul. Evil is boring, dead, dark, gloomy. Murder, torture, abuse, depression, negativity, blind pride, fear and loathing--these are the fruits of darkness, of the evil one. . . .
Healing, composure, satisfaction, peace, love, joy, laughter, gratitude, humility are in the Godly purview.
If you are thinking that true piety involves a reduction of life and is of the grey, the the bland, the repressed then you've been fooled by the deceiver. Similarly, if you look at the doings of the ungodly and imagine that they are having fun, are free, are liberated . . . you have been tricked. Life abundant is found in The Truth. Death and dismay are found in deception--in the lies of the trickster.
Following and trusting The Lord is the way to more, more, more--forever. . . .
Following and trusting the enemy is the way to less, to nothing, to death. . . .