Happy International Day of Happiness

Call it happiness if you wish, or maybe better, joy, gladness, or delight. If you belong to God’s people, you know what it is and where it is found.

The world chases after happiness in material things. The U.N.’s international day focuses on the same. A glance at the rich neighborhoods around, or the rich countries, belies this belief — so many unhappy, broken, frustrated lives — though the majority are not convinced that material things are not the answer.

God’s saints know that joy comes from the presence of God.

“You lead me in the path of life. I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me sheer delight” Psalm 16.11.

This is why keeping God’s commands are also such a delight:

“Praise the Lord! How blessed is the one who obeys the Lord, who takes great delight in keeping his commands” Psalm 112.1.

It is no paradox that the letter to the Philippians, whose keynote is joy, was written from prison.

Christians have no reason to worry. They know God and this joy overwhelms the cares of the world.

#presence-of-God #joy #happiness

God doesn’t randomly pick

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

How blessed is the one whom you choose, and allow to live in your palace courts. May we be satisfied with the good things of your house – your holy palace. Psalm 65.4

Blessed means happy. The man that God chooses is happy. God does not look down and randomly pick those whom he wants. He has had a plan since the beginning of time. That plan was to send Jesus his son to die on the cross for man’s redemption. Jesus came to earth to make God the father known to man. He taught that if you know the son then you know the father. We have the phrase “Like father, like son.” Jesus revealed to us who God is and what he wants of us. In John 8, Jesus said that he knew the Father and that he obeyed him. The Jews did not know him because they did not obey him. In John 8.47 Jesus said that the one who belongs to God listens and responds to God’s words. This is the man that God chooses. This is the man that is happy!

#risingjoy #Psalms #happiness

September 2018 Issue of Christian Worker (Various Topics)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Living in Trying Times (Kevin W. Rhodes)
  • Using the Unusable (Cody Westbrook)
  • You Won’t Like Heaven (Trent Kennedy)
  • “They Have Not All Obeyed” (Don Walker)
  • Imitating God in Forgiveness (Kevin Cauley)
  • Some Reasons for Christians to be Happy (Mike Batot)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2018 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#bible-characters, #christian-worker, #forgiving-others, #happiness, #heaven, #obeying-the-gospel, #reactions

My daddy was much of a man He…

My daddy was much of a man. He was strong, tough, and hard working. I enjoyed being with Daddy, and especially riding with him in his truck. I liked to watch Daddy wave to everybody he met. You see Daddy didn’t wave like some by sticking up his pointer finger or all fingers. Daddy gave those he met more than that. He saluted them. I can still see his calloused hands, hardened by his years of carpentry work, clasping the steering wheel. Daddy had both hands on the steering wheel with his right hand positioned about the two o’clock hour. When we met a car Daddy took his hand off the wheel, raised it a bit, brought it toward him about four inches, and then thrusting it outward, he saluted those we met along the way. He didn’t have to know them. Everybody that met Daddy received a salute. Daddy was friendly. It showed in his salute and in his manner of life.

It’s a good thing to be friendly. It’s good for our health. A friendly person smiles. wiki How.com had this tip on smiling: “Smiling changes people’s mood. When you’re feeling sad, smile. Your mood will become happier. Smiling tricks the body into changing your mood for the better – even if you’re faking the smile initially. Just smile every time that you are sad, and you will be healthier overall.”

The Bible talks about the importance of being friendly. Proverbs 18:24 says “A man that would have friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Someone else said, “Strangers are simply friends you haven’t met.”

Jack Exum often quoted the following poem by an unknown author while preaching:

You don’t have to tell how you live each day;

You don’t have to say if you work or you play;

A tried, true barometer serves in the place–

However you live, it will show in your face.

The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart,

Will not stay inside where it first got a start;

For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace–

What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.

If your life is selfless, if for others you live,

For not what you get, but how much you can give;

If you live close to God in his infinite grace–

You don’t have to tell it, it shows in your face.

Daddy’s salute was his way of being friendly, his way of smiling to those he met. Oh, to see that salute one more time…

#example, #friendliness, #happiness

Do not let your happiness depend on something…

Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves

#happiness, #loss

Nancy Gibbs in Time Magazine wrote a summary…

Nancy Gibbs in Time Magazine wrote a summary of the data of the effects of the modern feminist’s movement on happiness among females. “Among the most confounding changes of all is the evidence, tracked by numerous surveys, that as women have gained more freedom, more education and more economic power, they have become less happy. No tidy theory explains the trend, notes University of Pennsylvania economist Justin Wolfers, a co-author of The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness. “We looked across all sectors — young vs. old, kids or no kids, married or not married, education, no education, working or not working — and it stayed the same,” he says of the data. “But there are a few ways to look at it,” he adds. “As Susan Faludi said, the women’s movement wasn’t about happiness.” (copied)

#feminist, #happiness, #just-a-minute, #marriage, #women

Happy?

#happiness, #righteousness

Happiness (POEM)

Great thoughts on a topic worth thinking about!

#contentment, #happiness, #poetry, #stuff

Joy or Happiness?

The two are not the same. Indeed, we are commanded to rejoice, but we are not commanded to be happy. Happiness is an emotional, temporary feeling due to circumstances around us. Joy is that deep inner “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) which only those who are the children of God can truly claim. That is why God’s children can have joy even when it is the darkest night, even when the surrounding circumstances beat us down and engulf us. In John 16:33, our Lord Jesus told us, “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” With a promise like that, how can God’s children not be joyful, even when they cannot be happy?

#happiness, #joy

Who is happier couples without children or parents…

Who is happier; couples without children or parents? If you ask parents in the midst of the terrible two’s or dealing with teenage rebellion, they’d probably say childless couples. But recent comprehensive studies have determined that in spite of the challenges, parents are happier than non-parents. Moreover, the study doesn’t even consider the joy of grandparents. I can think of nothing so satisfying than to have all the kids and their kids gather at our home for Thanksgiving or Christmas and to see them focusing their families on the Lord and raising their children to be Christians. I am confident that this will help insure their happiness for the future generations. This is Just-A-Minute

#happiness, #just-a-minute, #parents

Did you know that Biotech workers are the…

Did you know that Biotech workers are the most satisfied employees in America? That was the finding from a Career Bliss survey of 200,000 employee reviews from 70,000 jobs all over the country. Biotech is the application of technology to medicine, agriculture and biology. You may be surprised that customer service, school teachers and secretaries were among the top ten. One theme runs through the highest ranking employment: jobs where the worker serves and helps others. Maybe this is part of what Jesus taught long ago: if you would be first, then become a servant. This is Just-A-Minute

#happiness, #just-a-minute, #satisfied, #workers

Grow in the fruit of joy

“Be joyful always” 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

First, there’s a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is more dependant on circumstances while joy is a fruit of the spirit that we grow in.

While those whose citizenship is here are wrapped up in the never-ceasing ‘pursuit of happiness’ that leads them down the road to Self, sensuality, and stuff, those whose citizenship is in heaven know the love God has for us in not even sparing his own Son to save us and promising to answer our prayers.

We can be unhappy, then, while still filled with joy.

That was our situation last year as both Lori and Timothy fought cancer. Life may have been filled with the day by day trials, but God was good–always! And so joy abounded. That’s why we can have joy even in the midst of great trials–always!

If some of us have joy hanging from our limbs as shriveled fruit, it is because we have perhaps forgotten what God has done, fixed our eyes on the seen, love Self more than others, or have drifted away from truth. To grow in the fruit of joy, we must recapture the newness, re-fix our eyes on Jesus, renew our love for others, and recommit to truth.

Are you growing in the fruit of joy?

Doug Kashorek

Plattsburgh church of Christ

www.plattsburghchurch.com

author of Kin of Cain

a Christian historical fantasy

www.douglaskashorek.com

#happiness, #joy

Someone raised the question How can I…

Someone raised the question, “How can I be happy, if I know loved ones aren’t there?” Let me answer this way: Can you be happy now? Are there loved ones that are unsaved now? Is there anyone you loved while they were alive that died outside Christ and is that robbing you of happiness now? Is there anything now that makes you happy? If you can be happy now and you know that a loved one died outside Christ, then surely you can be happy in heaven when everything is designed and prepared for our happiness. But besides all this, believe! Jesus told his disciples, “Believe in God, believe also in Me.” This is the key. Believe. God is able to supply whatever is needed to heighten our happiness beyond our highest dreams. This is Just-A-Minute.

I am sorry I have been absent for a couple of weeks with Just-A-Minute. I don’t mean to be presumptuous, however, I hope to resume with today’s.

#happiness, #heaven, #just-a-minute

A recent study published by the journal Proceedings…

A recent study published by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people who feel happiest live longer as well as happier! In fact they enjoy a 35% reduced risk of death than those who report feeling unhappy. Rather than relying on recollection, as past studies have, the British researchers rated the nearly 4000 participants aged 52-79 several times a day. The follow up came five years later with other factors like age, gender, health, wealth, education and marital status factored in. While it isn’t clear if simply being happy extends life, there certainly is some connection between the two. So how happy are you? The happiest people I know are Christians! They have a purpose in life: to serve God; and a goal for living: eternal life with God in heaven. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

#christian, #happiness, #just-a-minute

Happiness is? – JAM

According to a study conducted by economists at the University of Texas-Austin, being born with good looks provides you with a leg up on the plain Janes and ugly Eds of the world. For some time research has suggested that better-looking people earn more money that the rest of us. But now, these researchers claim that translates into greater happiness. Now if I was one of those pretty boys, I might take this news in stride. But the truth is, I reject it off-hand. Maybe Beautiful Betty and Handsome Howard are well-off, but I’ve found hard work and clean living contributes far more than good looks. And as for happiness, us ugly folks are just as happy as anyone else. Happiness is found is loving God, loving family and loving one another.   This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#happiness, #just-a-minute