The Haves, the Have Nots and the Whatnots

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When it comes to politics, I am as confused as the politicians themselves. I do not like to discuss politics because I do not understand it and just as soon as you understand one opinion, everything changes and you do not know where you are at.

I know I do not understand much that goes on in the political arena, but one of the things I have been hearing has to do with what they call, “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

What do people mean when they use this phrase? Who are these Haves? And who are these Have Nots?

Probably more importantly, what is it that these Haves have that the Have Nots want?

The problem as I see it is simply this. If I want what somebody else has, am I really going to be happy when I have what he has?
There are many things that I do not have and I am quite happy that I do not have them.

I do not have an incurable disease. I do not have a debt so far above my head that I am going into bankruptcy. I do not have a table full of bills that I cannot pay.

I am happy that I do not have any of these things.

But as a part of the “older generation,” I do not really need anything that I do not have. I suppose it would be nice to have a new truck, but there is nothing wrong with my old truck. It still gets me where I want to go, the air conditioner still works and the radio still plays my kind of music. Why would I need a new truck?

It probably would be nice to have a new house. At our age, my wife and I do not have the energy to pack up everything and unpack everything in a new place. As it stands, everything in our house is exactly where we want it.

I choose to focus not on what I “Have Not” but on what I really do “Have.”

I have a wonderful wife, but do not tell her I said so; it might get me into some kind of a situation. This year we will have been married some 43 years and why she has put up with the likes of me all this time I will never know. Actually, the fact that she has put up with me all these years brings into question her sanity.

I have some wonderful children and grandchildren. It would be nice to live long enough to see my great-grandchildren, but I am not pushing that issue. I am rejoicing in what I have.

The best thing that I have, the thing I treasure the most, is my relationship with God. I can identify with what David said, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).
What David is really saying here is that when “the Lord is my Shepherd,” then the reality is simply, “I shall not want.” The other side of the picture is true as well. If I find myself constantly in want, maybe the Lord is not my Shepherd.

Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail or website

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