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.
~Groucho Marx

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Seek the Kingdom of God

I have a little devotional book that is written by Billy Graham called Hope For Each Day and every day there is a little some thing to read.  A couple of days ago I read this one.  I was going to try to put it in my own words but he says it better than I could.

King George V wrote on the flyleaf of the Bible of a friend: 
"The secret of happiness is not to do what you like to do ,
 but to learn to like what you have to do."

Too many people think happiness is an elusive, will-o-the-wisp thing to be found only by constant pursuit and relentless searching.  But happiness is not an end in itself:
it is the byproduct of something far greater.  Jesus told His disciples:

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

The "things" He spoke of were the basic needs of life:
food, drink, clothes, shelter.
He told us not to make these things the chief goal of our lives,
but to "seek.....the kingdom."

There, if we will take it, is the secret of happiness:
"Seek first the kingdom of God...." How do we do this?
By submitting ourselves without reserve to Jesus Christ as King of our lives every day.
This is the path of true happiness.
~ Billy Graham

People often ask me why I am so happy -
that is my answer. : )

Today at church I got credit for the first three verses for the 100 Bible Verse Challenge. : )  Though I knew number five, I didn't know number 4 and they have to be said in order.  

I wish you a blessed Sunday my friends. 
happyone : )

5 comments:

  1. A beautiful post Karen. thank you!

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  2. You are definitely one of the happiest people I know!

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  3. A wonderful thought to begin the week with! Have a good one, Karen!

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  4. Billy Graham is not well at all. It is good to have a reminder from him.
    So proud of you for your memory work.
    Have a lovely week. Mary Jo

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  5. Oh my God!!!
    This was amazing!!!
    I relate it better to my hatred towards the subject physics. You are right I don't just have to do it, I have to like it also in order to be happy. It was useful. Thanks!!!
    I might just get a bit more happier. :-)

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