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Monday Motivation: Choose To Be Happy

You may have looked at someone and thought, if I drove the car he/she drives, I would be happy. Or, if I were as pretty/tall/slim as she is, I would be happy. Well, I hate to disappoint you; none of us — rich or poor, black or white, fat or thin–come into this world with a guarantee of happiness. So, how then can you be happy? When you win the lotto? When you marry Mr. Billionaire? Or maybe, when you have a child? Not really.

The first two will bring you all the money your little heart desires, and the last will provide the satisfaction that only a child can bring. But neither one can assure you of true, lasting happiness. So, what then is happiness? Quite simply, happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy — in spite of the pandemic, in spite of being diagnosed with type2 diabetes or some other illness and despite being unmarried or childless.

Let us look at some ways you can find happiness.

  1. Seek out a relationship with God, through daily prayer, meditation and studying the Bible.
  2. Stop striving to be happy. If you are constantly focusing on finding happiness, you will miss the simple little things in your life that can bring you happiness.
  3. Know that happiness is fleeting. What brings you happiness this moment can be taken away from you in the next. The Bible says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
  4. Put the needs of others above your own. Instead of focusing only on yourself, try to find someone you can help.
  5. Look after your health. Let’s face it, you can’t be happy if you are in constant pain or you don’t feel well. Check with your physician or health coach regularly and follow their advice.
  6. Smile and the world smiles with you. Know that saying? When you smile, everything seems brighter and your mood becomes lighter. Try it!

Happiness rests with you. No person on this earth can make you happy. They can give you a certain sense of satisfaction and treat you well, but if you don’t have that inner peace, you would not be happy. So, look after your self, develop that relationship with Jesus Christ and you will find the happiness you seek. God bless.

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You Are Valued

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Ever watch a child playing with her toys? My granddaughter doesn’t play with dolls anymore, but she has stuffed toys that she keeps on her bed all the time. And if she has to choose one to cuddle, she always seems to pick the same one. For some reason, that toy has value to her.

With Christmas just nine days away, our thoughts, and our feet, head in the direction of finding the best gifts for those we love, and we, in turn, look forward in eager anticipation to see what will be under the tree for us come Christmas morning. Maybe we equate our self-worth with the gift we are given. After all, if someone values us highly, why would they give us a card or a cheap bottle of cologne? We deserve more, don’t we?

Well, I know Someone who thinks you are worth the best He had to give. God thinks so highly of you, loves you so much, values you so much, that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for you. He gave you His most priceless gift. Will you accept it today? Because without Jesus, you are lost in your sin. No gift under the Christmas tree can redeem you from sin. No matter how you see yourself, underweight or overweight, healthy or unhealthy, rich or poor, you can take comfort in the fact that Somebody loved you so much, He died for you.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that all who believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3: 16