Happy no matter what


Ceiling fan (photo taken in an hotel in India)

I once visited an underground house church in a country in Asia where that sort of thing was illegal. I heard that it was a secret church, but I found as soon as I got close to the house where they met, vendors who were sitting near the street selling their wares motioned me over and asked me if I was looking for the house church. I guess it wasn’t so secret after all. About 3000 people met there on Saturday and Sunday in several services. His house was 3 stories high, but not nearly big enough to hold that many people at one time, so he had several different meetings.

I went in, and was warmly welcomed. I sat down on a small stool, sandwiched tightly between other people. It seemed that every bit of space was taken up by stools of eager people waiting to hear Pastor Lamb. The ceiling fans were on, blowing the hot, humid air.

I sat making small talk with those sitting beside me, wondering what Pastor Lamb looked like. I knew that he was in a prison camp for over 20 years because he shared the gospel. I knew he was very old, so I assumed he would look old, feeble, and have lots of pain showing on his face.

Some time later a man sprang out onto the platform. I couldn’t believe it was Pastor Lamb! He looked much younger than I expected. Not only that, his face was radiant, very happy. He looked happier than many other people who had lives much less full of problems than him. But he was an over-comer, he remained happy no matter what happened to him.

To be happy everyday it can really help to sit down and write at least ten things you are thankful for, ten blessings in your life. The more you do this the easier it will become to think of things that are good in your life. For example you probably have someone that loves you. You can be sure God loves you. You probably have enough to eat every day and a bed to sleep in, a roof over your head and maybe even a car to drive. You have your eyes and your ears, many people do not. You may be able to walk, some people cannot. If you’re like most people your health is not perfect, but you can be thankful for the health that you do have. One of the really big things to be thankful for is heaven.  People that have no hope for the future are very sad people indeed. To people with hope, every day can be great.

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