HAPPINESS KEYS (1)

If you want God’s best, don’t just think about how to invest your money, think about how to invest your life. Jesus said, ‘If you know these things….happy….are you if you….[Do them].’ Living this way means:
1) MAKING TIME FOR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES: ‘Let no one seek his own, but each….the other’s well-being’ (1 Corinthians 10:24 NKJV). Geoge Eliot wrote: ‘Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, how the rest away.’
2) GIVING THANKS: If you can’t be grateful for what God has given you, look around you and be grateful for what He’s protected you from. The enemy doesn’t have to steal anything from you, just make you take it for granted. ‘From the fullness of his grace we all have received one blessing after another’ (John 1:16 NIV). The exicitement of a new car or a salary increase soon passes, but anytime you stop to count your blessings you start feling better.
3) PRACTICING CONTENTMENT: A gardener who’d tried everything to get rid of dandelious wrote to the Department of Agriculture for help. ‘What can try next?’ he asked. ‘Try getting used to them!’ came the reply. In life, you get what you focus on! That’s why Paul writes, ‘Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right and pure and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise’ (Philippians 4:8 NLT).

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