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I was 35 years old, and the year was 1993. I just finished running on the treadmill, and as I ran, I fussed over things missing in my life instead of focusing on what I had. As I walked up the stairs to take a shower, I heard God speak to me, “Mark, everything you need to be happy is right here.” Our beautiful son, Luke Anthony, was five years old. My wonderful wife Rose and I lived in an old Victorian home with a beautiful yard. I had a great job at a local bank and recently finished a master’s degree. We had wonderful friends at our church and at my job. Yet, the old home needed a good deal of repair. Rose and I were struggling with infertility and wanted more children. My job paid well, but the money never seemed enough. I also yearned for two more professional goals. I wanted to be ordained, and I wanted to earn a doctorate. As a young man, I felt if we had more children, more money to fix the house, some part-time ministry work, and a terminal degree, then I would be happy; then I would arrive at my happy place.

After I heard those words in my mind, I wanted to argue with God. I began to recount the missing items from my life to God. Then I heard the words again, softly yet firmly; the Lord said, “Everything you need is right here.” Thankfully, I made the right decision to listen to the message and began to count my blessings. I had a great life partner in Rose. We had an amazing and healthy child. The house was sturdy, with plenty of room. My job paid the bills with the potential for growth. What else did I have? I was healthy. We always had plenty to eat. We had two nice cars. I just finished a great degree program. Rose and I both still had our parents, and we had loving relationships with our siblings. Our church was wonderful, and our friends enriched our lives. Yet what else did I have in our home that made me happy? I thought of concrete things like our yard, our furniture, two televisions, a computer, and my treadmill. Then it hit me. Our home was filled with the loving, caring, all-powerful Spirit of God. I went to my Bible and found this verse from 2 Peter 1: 3, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

I truly had everything I needed to be happy right in my own home. Since that first message, God has spoken those words to me many times. Whenever I ruminate over what is missing in my life, I try to recall what I have. Saint Paul tells us of his personal message from God, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” When something is missing from life, we often feel it is a weakness. Yet God seems to tell us to be happy right now, where we are, with Him.

Now, 30 years later and retired, I realize that I met most of my early life goals. I am ordained, and I achieved my doctorate. I had a great career in higher education. The five-year-old boy is now an accomplished 35-year-old man with his own doctorate degree, working for one of the most prestigious universities in the world. While we were not able to have more children, Luke is married to an accomplished, wonderful young woman named Karissa, who we consider as our daughter. God provides. His grace is enough for today. Tomorrow, He will give us more grace. The book of Lamentations (3:22-23) tells us, “God’s mercies are new every morning.”

I close with a quick story. When I was ten years old, my grandfather gave me a typewriter for my birthday. The first time I used that marvelous machine, I discovered the power of words. I wrote down my goals. I wanted to go to college, become a baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, and then be a world-famous sportswriter when my baseball career ended. Now, I want to write about my relationship with God and become a good enough author that people will want to read my stories. I pray that you, dear reader, will find everything you need to be happy right in your own home with God.

Dr. Mark F. Hobson, Ph.D., is a well-known educator and ordained priest specializing in education, theology, and business. His significant contributions to education, as well as national acclaim for his work on the Master of Business Administration program at Southern New Hampshire University, have garnered him honors. Dr. Hobson’s groundbreaking neuroeducation study investigates the dynamic relationship between religion and learning, yielding findings published in top higher education publications.

Explore the inspiring journey of self-discovery and gratitude in Dr. Mark F. Hobson’s life. As he realizes that everything he needs to be happy is right in his own home, he invites you to reflect on your blessings and the power of contentment. Visit Dr. Mark F. Hobson’s website at www.darkhobson.com to delve deeper into his stories and insights. Be part of the journey towards a more fulfilled life.

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