“Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition. It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in the hearts; a secret spring the world can’t see and doesn’t know anything about. The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.
Joy is love exalted peace; peace is love in repose; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in school; and temperance is love in training. The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy.”
God, thank you for the joy that transcends all situations, problems, conditions. Help me this day Lord to walk more closely with you, and be a Joy foundation filling up all those empty vessels with Your everlasting joy. Amen
“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
You may have seen this popular quote on billboards, cards, calendar or wall art. How many moments recently have taken your breath away? Was it watching Michael Phelps break all time Olympic record, or the US Women’s Gymnastic Team win Gold? Perhaps it was exuberant hug of a child, or unexpected good news.
Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle someone once said. God provides moments through the beauty of nature, or through the love of family and friends to remind us He will turn darkness into light, and make our rough places smooth. He promised never to forsake or abandon us, even in the darkest of times. So each new day is another opportunity for you and I to experience these precious moments. So don’t get so caught in the doing things, and miss them. Every rainbow, warm breeze, and gift of love is God blessing us with moments meant to bring us closer to Him. Isaiah 42:16 NIV
Recently, I watched an old movie starring Hayley Mills “Pollyanna”, who came to live with her maiden aunt after the death of her missionary father. Her aunt Polly was extremely wealthy and ran the town. Its citizens followed a strict code of conduct and weren’t particularly happy. Pollyanna’s character, upon arrival introduced the philosophy of “The Game.” Her father taught her to look at the bright side of things, even when disappointed in circumstances, or in people. “If you look for the good in people, you are sure to find it” was the inscription on the necklace given to her by her father. There are more than 800 happy texts in the Bible Pollyanna told the Pastor portrayed by the late actor Karl Malden. He went and looked up every single one of these “happy texts” and it dramatically changed his ministry, and relationship with the townspeople.
Cynicism, malaise is creeping into our thoughts, actions, and deeds. Are you looking for the good in people at the home, the supermarket, store, bank, school or on your job? You might say, you don’t understand what I’m going through. You don’t understand the news I just received. My kids, my spouse, my job, my work, my life….there is nothing good here now. You are so wrong. Good is always present. “Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from Heaven above, with wisdom, power and love, our God is an awesome God” are lyrics from a song sung by Helen Baylor. Our awesome God has given abundant life. He has given us the perfect planet in which to live. He has given us his Only begotten Son Jesus to rescue us from the wages of sin and the grave. He has given us family, opportunity to use our gifts and abilities, and so much more. We are his beloved children, stewards and ambassadors who should be looking for the good in others. The world needs us looking through the lens of good so they can have hope. So go find a happy text in the Bible, and then play the Game. Remember: When you look for the good, you will surely find it.
“Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul”. Democritus
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:9-11 The abundant life has nothing to do with possessions and everything to do with what possesses our soul. On long walks I often marvel at God’s creations, because in nature, and in our lives there are lots of opportunity to discover and maintain real lasting happiness. It begins and ends with our relationship with God, which points us to those things that makes us happy, such as family, friends, compassionate service to others, and being with precious Jesus. Think of it, God formed us to worship and be with Him. He created a way to have an eternal relationship through His Son. There is nothing quite like deep abiding sacred place of happiness formed by God. Satisfaction in knowing that if you had a Job experience, it would still result in happiness because you have God. To know nothing can separate you from the love of God, from Christ our Savior is a wonderment, and a blessing. We have happiness. We have abundant life. We have all we will ever need for our soul. So take a moment to slow down, breathe and say Amen for being abundantly happy in God.