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“He who is happiest is he who is content…” ~Benjamin Franklin

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A wise man said to his friend “Every time I see you, you are running around in a hurry. What are you running after?”

The man answered quickly “Success, money and the rewards of my hard work.”

The wise man said “That would make sense if you assumed all those things are ahead of you, but what if all those things were behind you, and the faster you run, the more difficult it is for those things to catch up to you?”

We all run after something. What are you running after?  Are you running after money, a beautiful house, a person, a position in your company, a degree, a relationship, a better relationship with loved ones? There is nothing wrong with these things, but they won’t fully satisfy you unless you learn to be content.

A writer found an old list of goals he had set for himself. He had written many books and spoke regularly to large groups of people. He was surprised that he had accomplished every one of his goals so quickly. But as he continued to think about it, he was also surprised that he was not more content with what he had. Many people expect outward circumstances to fulfill their inner happiness. Instead of constantly running, take some time to rest and enjoy what you have.

Many very successful people who train others for success say that one of the best things you can do to achieve more success is to enjoy what you already have and be thankful. You reap what you sow, if you think about happy things you will sow more happy things. Being grateful is one way of keeping happy thoughts in your mind. Happy thoughts can’t be in your mind at the same time as sad thoughts. The best way to push sad, angry or any other undesirable thoughts out of your mind is to think about happy thoughts.

Sometimes I count my blessings in my mind, sometimes I write out a list of things I am grateful for, but either way, I always feel happier after I do it.

Enjoy where you are instead of where you want to be.


GodMake BeautifulGod loves you.

Yes, God does care about your happiness. God wants you to be happy.

Philippians 2:18  So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

There are many other verses in the Bible that show that God wants Christians to be happy. I find a lot of people believe it is somehow pious to trudge through life without any joy. This is not godly at all. It is not what God planned for you.

If you have ever had a child that you loved dearly, you want the child to be happy. God loves you even more than you love your child. He loves you more than you love yourself. He wants abundance and good things for you even more than you do. But when bad things happen some people blame it on God. Actually, many times we bring about bad things to ourselves. Let’s not blame it all on God. Romans 8:28 says that if you are a Christian, bad things are blessings in disguise. You have the power to be happy. That is God’s will for you. The Holy Spirit living in you is more powerful than you can ever imagine and will give you that power.

God wants the best for you

I have met many Christians who have bad self images. They don’t serve God because they feel they are not good enough. That is exactly what Satan wants. He wants you to be discouraged, to feel insignificant so that you won’t be a powerful force for the kingdom of God. Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Romans 12:12  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 14:7 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Roman s 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Marriage

At a marriage conference recently, I heard one of the attendees say that God did not make marriage to make us happy but to learn difficulties. I don’t agree. If a person truly loves his/her spouse, he will find happiness in that.

Suffering

I’m not saying that you will never suffer. The Apostle Paul suffered because he wanted to suffer. Phil 3:10. Jesus suffered, that was his reason for coming to earth. However, what one person considers suffering might be the best thing ever for someone else. For example, if i had nothing to eat but a little bread or rice with vegetables and some fruit three times a day, I would consider that suffering. But over one fourth of the people in the world would think that is the best thing ever because they normally don’t get three meals a day.

The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven. ~ John Milton (Paradise Lost)

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Brad Stanton —  September 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

HolySpiritPowerfulIn U“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”- Eckhart Tolle

You can have a happier, more successful, more powerful life starting today. Do you believe it? Jesus said “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

If you say affirmations out loud every day, you will feel much better. Try saying these every day, or many times a day.

I am blessed. I am loved. I’m equipped and anointed.

The king of the universe loves me and has a fantastic plan for my life.

I’m a conqueror and victorious. Romans 8:37

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

I’m a champion, a winner.

Go 24 hours without complaining or criticizing. Be especially careful not to allow your self-talk to criticize yourself. Why is it that many people realize they shouldn’t bully other people, but they bully themselves?

One thing that has made me a lot happier is to thank God for blessings in the morning as I get out of bed and get ready to go to work. Then on the drive to work I continue. It makes me happy and sets the direction for the day.

More about affirmations here.


My daughter's lips have nothing to do with this story, but they are just so cute, I had to add them here.

My daughter’s lips have nothing to do with this story, but they are just so cute, I had to add them here.

Brian Tracy is a motivational speaker who has helped many people find ways to get motivated and live a better life. At one of his seminars a man told him that he was a plumber and had gone as high as he could go in his company. But he had bills, like everyone else, and I’m sure he had children that he wanted to send to college and a family that he wanted to take on vacations. He desired to have better finances.

The plumber said he wanted to become a salesman in the company but when he asked management about it they said he wasn’t a good fit for the job. Brian Tracy told him that his future was up to him, but he had to learn how to sell, how to do what the new position required.

The man tried convincing management again to let him try the sales position. Finally they told him that if he was willing to take classes on his own time and study the material, they would give him a try.

A year later Brian saw him again at a seminar. He had been a full-fledged salesman for five months and was earning twice as much as his highest income in the past. He was a happier person and seemed to respect himself more and was very enthusiastic about his job.

Brian Tracy then went on to say “This story is typical of countless stories that have been related to me over the years. In each case, the individual had discovered and developed his other strengths and, subsequently, improved the quality of his or her life. And you can do the same. In fact, this may be one of the most important things you ever do.”

I have read many stories like this. A person has goals and dreams and is willing to put in extra effort to achieve the goals. Some reach their goals quickly, others take a long time. But if a person really believes he/she can do it, works hard, enjoys his work and gets training, great things always happen.
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John Grisham, the famous writer, was turned down by 16 agents and a dozen publishers before he got his first book published. It is amazing that he was only turned down that many times because many great writers were turned down ten times more than that.

John was a lawyer working 60-80 hours a week in Southaven Mississippi. But he still found time to write. He would get up at 5 AM every morning to write for an hour. After three years he finished his first novel – A Time to Kill.

Actor Harrison Ford was told by the VP of Columbia that he just didn’t have what it takes to become an actor. Ford became a self-taught carpenter and made cabinets and other things for the rock band The Doors, Sally Kellerman and a recording studio for Sergio Mendes. He made cabinets in the home of Georg Lucas, who gave him a role in American Graffiti (1973). Lucas didn’t give Ford the part of Han Solo right away. It took a lot of work and persuasion by Ford, but that role made him extremely famous.

Steven Spielberg tried to go to filmmaking school but was not accepted. He visited Universal Studios and met Chuck Silvers, an executive there. Silvers invited him to come back. Spielberg did and hung around the whole summer, pretending to be an employee there, wearing a black suit and carrying his father’s briefcase with nothing inside it but his lunch.

10 years later Spielberg directed Jaws, which made more money than any other movie at that time.