Monday, July 24, 2017
Welcome to my Monday Blog—I’m glad you’re here!
So when I ran across this little cartoon above, I stopped and thought, “Man, that’s YOU some days!” I actually catch myself thinking this very thought: “Is alive good enough for ya?” After thinking about it a little longer, I answered, “NO, it’s not—Of course not!”
If being alive is all I’m doing with my gift of Life, then I’m taking an awful lot for granted. Where’s the happy in that? Oh sure, we must start with being alive, but after that, we have so much to do if we’re truly going to live! Living is all about experiencing. What makes us happy? How do we Get Happy, anyway?
I believe in order to be happy, one must have a lust for life. What does that mean anyway? Well, for me, it means an innate need and profound desire to live my life in a state of Joy; however, I don’t mean a “que sera, sera” attitude. Remember the words to that little song:
“Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see, what will be, will be.”
Granted, we don’t have the luxury of a crystal ball to see the future…but we do have a surefire, awesome road map to guide us on what to do, how to do it and when to do it— Yep: The Bible! Plus, it includes some very specific guidelines to follow every day of our lives: The Ten Commandments.
Before Jesus left, on the day of His Ascension to Heaven, He was very clear in his counsel to the disciples: ” I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.” —Matthew 28:16-20
For me, to Get Happy means living my life as a disciple for Jesus. Obviously I can’t fulfil all the instructions He gave the disciples that day before He left them for Heaven, but I can do my part in sharing my love and devotion for Him. I can live my life in a state of full-on happy in His holy name! I can be a light for Him in a state of happiness, in hopes of pleasing Him and thanking Him for giving His precious Life for mine. I am weak but He is strong and I make so many mistakes, but He forgives me and shows me how to get back up and do that Happy Dance once again, and again. The joy and happiness which exists in living a Christ-centered life is just simply awesome!
I don’t know what else to say except maybe this: If you truly want to Get Happy, then GET JESUS!! Amen.
God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!
“Don’t give up—Give In—Big Difference”
I love you,