Sharing Our Stories On The Journey Of Faith – Day 27

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24

“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.” – Proverbs 15:15

“Make it a habit to be happy”.  This quotation from Norman Vincent Peale’s book The Power of Positive Thinking is something that we should all consider in our routine of everyday living. Face-smile.svg

Happiness is a funny thing.  You can’t see it or hear it or touch it. But those who possess it, treasure it; and those who don’t, often spend their lives searching for it.

Happiness is simply a state of mind that depends entirely on you.  We talk of others “making us happy”, but this is seldom the case.  We make ourselves happy or unhappy by our attitudes toward ourselves, our work, our neighbors and our world.  The truly happy person is one who can be enthusiastic about the things he has to do as well as the things he wants to do.

In the book of Proverbs (15:15), it tells us that when a person is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when a person is cheerful, everything seems to go right.  In other words, don’t start your day with a negative attitude.  Many of us initiate our own unhappiness.

Every morning before you get out of bed, lie there for a few minutes and think of all the good things you are going to do that day – and always remember that God is with you and He will help you to be happy, as indicated in Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Why not start today by telling your family and friends how much they mean to you.  Go out of your way to do a good turn for a stranger.  You will be surprised at the happiness you will achieve.  Happiness is a wonderful thing – the one gift we can give ourselves – and the most precious gift that we can wish for others.

God, fill me with your love that I may bring happiness to others.  Amen.

Gwen Guiher



About faithumchurch

Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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