Sprinting toward your goalsBottom Highlights, Where's the Faith? Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Social Chaos: Where's the Faith?
As a progressive Christian, I believe there are many names for God and many ways to a loving God; this article reflects one of those ways. Take from here what works for you. Celebrate life with joy and peace!
I like this quote from Groucho Marx, “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself; ‘I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.’”
In Psalms we read, “This is the day that God has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Notice it doesn’t say, “This is the day that God has made, I will rejoice tomorrow – maybe. Or next week, if I don’t have so many problems.” The Psalmist says, “This is the day.” This is the day God wants you to be happy. No one else can ultimately make you happy. The key is to learn how to be happy within yourself.
Sometimes we have to say, “God, I’m going to take what You’ve given me, and I’m going to make the most of it. I’m going to be happy with who You made me to be. I’m going to enjoy my life, in spite of my circumstances.”
You know, your life compared to somebody else’s is a bed of roses. Don’t ever take for granted what God has done for you. You may have some obstacles today, but some people would give anything in the world to have your life. Some people would give anything to have your health and blessings.
We have so much to be grateful for. What would happen if we stopped focusing on what’s wrong and started thanking God for what’s right and good?
Did you know it’s a scientific fact that if you go through life in a negative frame of mind, always stressed out, worried and full of fear, your immune system will weaken, making you more susceptible to sickness?
Think of it! When you stay full of joy, your immune system functions at its peak performance levels. No wonder the writer in Proverbs said, “A merry heart does good – like a medicine.”
One of the healthiest things you can do is learn to smile more often. When we smile, it sends a message to our whole body. Studies tell us when we smile, certain chemicals are released that travel throughout our system, relaxing us and helping us stay healthy.
Scripture also says, “Whatever state you’re in, be content.” Being content means you trust God enough that you don’t get so frustrated when things don’t go your way. You don’t allow circumstances to steal your joy and keep you from being happy. You can decide not to let the little things get the best of you.
As we are striving to live our best life now, based on the book by Rev. Joel Osteen, aim for excellence and integrity in your life. God created us to be people of integrity, people of honor, people who are trustworthy. A person of integrity is open and honest. He doesn’t have any hidden agendas or ulterior motives. A person of integrity is true to her word. She keeps her commitments. When you have integrity, you’ll do what’s right – whether anyone is watching or not.
I know God has great things in store for you. Get up each day expecting good things. Be excited about today. This could be the day things turn around for you.
Stay filled with hope. God wants you to be blessed with abundance – an abundance of joy, an abundance of happiness, surrounded by strong, healthy, rewarding relationships.
God will take you places you’ve never dreamed possible. This is the day that God has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it! Amen.
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