Two friends grew up together. Both had different approaches to life .
Errol was the serious one and devoted himself to studies in school . Merrill was fun loving and enjoyed games but also studied .
This approach was noticeable when they went to university.
“ Errol will you take part in the the football team selection ?”
“ No , Merrill , I am preparing my notes for history .Are you prepared ?”
“ I have made some points and will elaborate on them as I prepare for the exams, “ replied Merrill. “ However , I’m taking part in the team selection.”
Merrill went ahead and was selected for the college team .
During those days there was also a social . They went for it .
“ Merrill , guess what , I met Daisy , and she showed a lot of interest in me . She is also very studious“
“ Oh, that’s good news “
“ I met many of our friends, but will not get into any serious relationship so early.” said Merrill .
“ I have a tournament very soon , and will be involved with practices. “
Exams began in a few months .
Errol did very well , whereas Merrill had average marks .
Merrill did well in football . He devoted time to studying, and balanced his time , with sports .
Errol’s relationship, took a toll on his studies.
In the following year, his performance in the exams was just average. Merrill too did okay .
“Hey, Errol , why don’t you take time off from all this serious stuff and get into recreational activity .”
So Errol decided to play badminton .
That was the turning point for him. His grades improved .
They both finished their education . Merrill secured a good job , and so did Errol with his all round approach .
They married and settled in their new homes .
Errol worked hard and long hours . He had less family time . This affected his relationship with his wife . Very soon troubles started .
Merrill was happily married . He continued to have an all round approach to life and work . He enjoyed family time . He worked hard and never brought work home .
One day they met and shared their highs and lows .
“Errol , I am doing well in my job. However my relationship with Daisy is poor. What shall I do ? “
“ I believe you should balance work , recreation and family time . I make it a point to take Rose and the kids for outings, and help at home of course . “
“Do you pray , Errol ?”
“ I have no time for that .” replied Errol .
“ Try, doing what I just told you.”
In a few months, Errol experienced joy in his life . His relationship at home improved .
He also did well in his job . He made it a point to keep his off day to rest. recreate and help at home.. He kept time daily to pray .
“Thanks Errol for your help . I’m now much better . Happiness has returned to me .”
I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord ; I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is very near . There is no need to worry ; but if there is anything you need, pray for it , asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. ( Philippians 4: 4-7)