I believe that Christians should be the happiest, most joyful people, do you agree?

We know God controls everything. Example, in the book of Job –God had to say yes or no, to give permission to Satan to do bad things to Job when Satan came to test Job. God allows some bad things to happen to us, but he won’t allow more than we can bear. I have come to believe that most of our difficulties are due to our own lack of faith or hard work.

Complaining ruins happiness and causes sadness in ourselves and others. God punished the Jews who complained in the desert as they wandered after leaving Egypt.
Psalm 105:37 says they were laden with silver & gold, not one was sick. (Good News, Living Bible, ASV). The NIV says no one got tired or fell down. Wow! Think about that. They didn’t even get tired. That must mean they were not sick, because sickness almost always makes one tired.  They could have health and abundance but due to their lack of faith they chose poverty and then complained to God like it was His fault. They could have gone straight into the Promised Land, but due to their lack of faith they chose to wander in the desert.

Your life is much better than you think it is! If you maintain a good attitude you will find this is true.

Can we be responsible for everything in our life? God is in control.  Can we be responsible for our happiness and success? YES! We can’t control everything going on around us. We can’t control the economy or the weather, but we can control how we react to it.

I remember talking to a Satan worshipper. He believes that Christianity is a religion of suffering. I believe it is a relationship that brings victory and joy. Of course we will still have problems, maybe even more problems after becoming a Christian. But God gives us the ability to handle our problems and be joyful (happy) in spite of them.

Gratitude is so important. If you want to be happy, be grateful. It will not only make your happier, it will bring success in every area of life.

Christians should be the happiest people. Do you agree? Many people stay away from Christianity because they think they will have to quit having fun, but I think Christians have the most real fun compared to other people.

Phil 3:1; 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always.”  1 Peter 1:6,8 “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 8You love him, although you have not seen him, and you believe in him, although you do not now see him. So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express…”

A man told me he didn’t want his kids to be happy he wanted them to obey God. Well, to obey God you must try to be happy. Happiness is one of the fruits of the Spirit.

Christians who believe happiness is not for Christians turn people away from Christianity. Those who are happy with a church will stay, those who are not will leave. Many think Cs are critical, judgmental and racist.

  1. Do you find that counting your blessings makes you happier?

Do you remember the song My Favorite Things from Sound of Music? In the song the writer says he thinks about things he likes or loves and it makes him feel happy. Or what about the classic hymn Count Your Blessings. It is a great idea. If you sit down and make a list of your blessings you will feel happier. I guarantee it.

  1. Does being grateful make you happier?
  2. Do you believe it is true when the Bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive?

Many people say success doesn’t always bring happiness, but happiness brings success.  I thought about this, I think it is pretty true. Success in relationships, job, sports, Christian life, etc. is much easier to obtain if we are happy. If you are happy with your spouse, you will have a better (more successful) relationship. Your life will be happier and easier. If you are happy with your job, you will do better at it. If you are happy with your boss, you will be a better employee. This might be hard to believe at first, but if you think about it, I think you will find that it is true.

We are completely responsible for our life. Galatians 6:7 says we reap what we sow.
W Clement Stone taught people to become millionaires. Og Mandino did too. They both said (as well as almost all success coaches) that one must be responsible for everything in his life. This was really hard for me to believe at first, but now that I have thought about it for some years, I know it is true. It is the idea that you can be a victor or a victim. Two different people have the same circumstances in life, one becomes a victim, the other becomes a victim. Why? Because one has a winning attitude and keeps that attitude no matter what happens.

To be continued on Jan 13, 2017


Christians should be the happiest people. Many people stay away from Christianity because they think they will have to quit having fun, but I think Christians have the most real fun compared to other people. There is a lot of fun that is self-destructive like doing illegal drugs, immoral sex, drunkenness, bitterness, revenge, lack of forgiveness, complaining, gossip etc. These things don’t bring real happiness, only a temporary pleasure that ends up causing problems. I have known and read about many people who have ruined their lives with these things. On the other hand, I know many people who have a happy, victorious life because they have the discipline to avoid self-destructive habits.

Winter can be a hard time of year because the nights are long and we don’t have holidays to look forward to after Christmas.

Many years ago I lived in China. I had the privilege of visiting an underground church in Guangzhou led by a man named Pastor Lam. He had been in prison for 22 years because he shared his Christian faith with others. As I sat in the crowded room waiting for him to come out and preach, I wondered what he looked like. I knew he was very old, so I assumed he would be a tired, weary looking old man. When he came out to talk I was completely surprised. He looked young and happy. He was able to be happy even though he had been in jail for Christ all those years.

Joy and Happiness mean the same thing says Randy Alcorn. In his book Happiness, he makes this point very clear. We often hear that happiness depends on our circumstances and joy does not. That is a nice thought, but when you read the New Testament in Greek, it gives a different meaning. It shows that joy and happiness are the same thing. Every modern dictionary that I looked at says joy and happiness mean the same thing.

4000 times the word joy, happiness, blessed, etc are used in the Bible says Alcorn. Check the word blessed, it can mean the same as happiness in modern dictionaries and in the Greek New Testament. The word Happy is used 121 times in the NIRV; 137 times Living Bible. 20 times in NIV; 25 times in JKV. Joy is used 242 in NIV.

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, happiness, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.” This means that the closer you get to God, the more you obey him, the more you will have these things in your life.

Here are some questions to help you put these ideas into practice in your life.

  1. What things make you happy?
  2. What personal challenges threaten your ability to maintain a positive, happy attitude on a daily basis?
  3. How did Jesus exemplify the attitudes described in this Scripture? Hebrews 1:8,9 says that God anointed Jesus with great joy.
  4. What attitudes often stand in the way of living a life filled with joy?
  5. How does your choice of attitude at the beginning of the day affect the rest of the day?
  6. To live the kind of life described in Gal 5:22 what kind of choices would you have to make every day?
  7. Read Phil 4:4 Does the Bible command us to be happy? It commands us to rejoice, that means be happy.

    To be continued…. more on January 10, 2017.


Dr. Paul Yonggi Cho encountered something amazing at his church in South Korea some years ago. As he tells it, a woman came forward during offering time carrying her rice bowl and boldly put it on the altar. Dr. Cho knew that rice bowl could mean the difference between eating and starving for someone as poor as she was, so he tried to give it back to her.
“Who do you think you are to interfere with my offering?” she said. “This rice bowl is mine, and I’ll do with it whatever God tells me.”
As Dr. Cho stepped aside, properly chastened by her rebuke (“I needed it!” he said later), a wealthy man in the congregation jumped out of his seat and ran up to the woman. He’d been watching her, and through her giving she’d taught him something that changed his life. “The Lord just told me to pay you $35,000 for that rice bowl,” he said to her.
“OK,” she replied.

Scroll # 5 Of Og Manino

Brad Stanton —  November 19, 2016 — Leave a comment

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what shall I do with this last precious day, which remains I my keeping? First, I will seal up its container of life so that not one drop spills itself upon the sand. I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart, for why should I throw good after bad?

Can sand flow upward in the hourglass? Will the sun rise where it sets and set where it rises? Can I relive the errors of yesterday and right them? Can I call back yesterday’s wounds and make them whole? Can I become younger than yesterday? Can I take back the evil that was spoken, the blows that were struck, the pain that was caused? No. Yesterday is buried forever and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And what then shall I do? Forgetting yesterday neither will I think of tomorrow. Why should I throw now after maybe? Can tomorrow’s sand flow through the glass before today’s? Will the sun rise twice this morning? Can I perform tomorrow’s deeds while standing in today’s path? Can I place tomorrow’s gold in today’s purse? Can tomorrow’s child be born today? Can tomorrow’s death cast its shadow backward and darken today’s joy? Should I concern myself over events, which I may never witness? Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass? No! Tomorrow lies buried with yesterday, and I will think of it no more.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity. I greet this sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death. I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day. So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all who greeted yesterday’s sunrise who are no longer with the living today. I am indeed a fortunate man and today’s hours are but a bonus, undeserved. Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others, far better than I have departed? Is it that they have accomplished their purpose while mine is yet to be achieved? Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be? Is there a purpose in nature? Is this my day to excel?

I will live this day as if it is my last.

I have but one life and life is naught but a measurement of time. When I waste one I destroy the other. If I waste today I destroy the last page of my life. Therefore, each hour of this day will I cherish for it can never return. It cannot be banked today to be withdrawn on the morrow, for who can trap the wind? Each minute of this day will I grasp with both hands and fondle with love for its value is beyond price. What dying man can purchase another breath though he willingly give all his gold? What price dare I place on the hours ahead? I will make them priceless!

I will live this day as if it my last.

I will avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence. Where there are idle mouths I will listen not; where there are idle hands I will linger not; where there are idle bodies I will visit not. Henceforth I know that to court idleness is to steal food, clothing, and warmth from those I love. I am not a thief. I am a man of love and today is my last chance to prove my love and my greatness.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

The duties of today I shall fulfill today. Today I shall fondle my children while they are young; tomorrow they will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall embrace my woman with sweet kisses; tomorrow she will be gone, and so will I. Today I shall lift up a friend in need; tomorrow he will no longer cry for help, nor will I hear his cries. Today I shall give myself in sacrifice and work; tomorrow I will have nothing to give, and there will be none to receive.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is my last, it will be my greatest monument. This day I will make the best day of my life. This day I will drink every minute to its full. I will savor its taste and give thanks. I will make every hour count and each minute. I will trade only for something of value. I will labor harder than ever before and push my muscles until they cry for relief, and then I will continue. I will make more calls than ever before. I will sell more goods than ever before. I will earn more gold than ever before. Each minute of today will be more fruitful than hours of yesterday. My last must be my best.

I will live this day as if it is my last.

And if it is not, I shall fall to my knees and give thanks.
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