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. Why is that?
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.
- 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.
- Does being grateful make you happier?
- 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