What is Your Blanket of Happiness?

August 12

Yes, our dog Annie is making another appearance. We love her a lot, but I want the point of my weekly email to be more than simply letting you know about our affection for our dog. That is why today I want to focus on the “Blanket of Happiness”.

If you recall, Annie was a rescue, found wandering the streets with two little puppies in tow. She had been abandoned and needed to scavenge and fight for food and anything else her little family needed. She owned nothing and certainly didn’t have affection or happiness in her life.

Thankfully, she was found, her puppies adopted, and we opened our home to Annie. As you do with new family pets, you want to go out of your way to make them feel at home. We bought Annie a top quality bed, highly rated toys, the best chew bones, quality food, took her to the vet, etc. She was now part of our family. Little did we realize that we had forgotten the most important thing.

A month or two after joining our family, Annie found a blanket on the couch and when we weren’t looking, pulled it onto the floor and laid down on it. We didn’t think much of it, and now it was covered with fur, so we would get around to washing it later. Annie had other plans.

Annie laid on that blanket for almost two days straight, with the exception of bathroom breaks and supper time (she is still a dog, after all). We finally capitulated, realized that we had been duped, and let her keep it. So what happened?

That expensive bed; it sits empty. Those toys often get neglected in favor of sleeping on her blanket. The bones are still chewed, but never leave the blanket. She was like our own Linus from the Peanuts comic strip – she had found her blanket of happiness. It is the center of her world. It is the place around which everything else revolves.

Annie is happy. She has found her place in this world as part of our pack, and that is on top of her blanket. In a very real way, it represents who she is, what matters to her, and what she will never surrender.

So, I ask you, what is your blanket of happiness? Is it your job? Perhaps your house? Quiet summer evenings at your cabin? What matters to you so much that it represents the core of who you are and is something you’re willing to fight for, no matter what?

Let me suggest that our blanket of happiness should be the love of Christ that envelops us. That love trumps everything else. It is our center of happiness around which our world should revolve; that fixed point in our universe which is unchanging.

If that’s true, then everything we do should reflect that love and the values that emanate from it. The world around us can be a scary place where we sometimes need to scavenge and fight to survive, and the political arena is no different. However, if we keep our blanket of happiness around us – the love of our Savior – and focus on what’s important, everything becomes much clearer.

May we all be as single-minded as Annie when it comes to the important things in life.


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director