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Don't Worry, Be Happy

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

09 January 2021

Psalm 118:24

This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.

With today’s environment of isolation, disease, and conflict, it is really hard to stay in a good mood. Some people take their bad moods out on other people whether they deserve it or not. It’s only because you are in their vicinity. They know that you don’t deserve what they are doing to you, but are helpless to stop. The challenge is, to not engage. Let them vent and blow off some steam and remember that it’s not you, but someone or something else that has them upset. Some people vent. Others stuff everything down. I am a stuffer. And when I blow, it’s not pretty. I get aggravated, frustrated, my feelings get hurt, and I get sad sometimes…just like everyone else. But I stuff it all down. That creates a volcano effect. Eventually, I will erupt. That’s not healthy for me, or whoever it is that hurt me to the point that it puts me over the top. Usually, it’s my husband that takes the heat, but my husband is a venter. So when I get mad, he blows too! Just because I am angry, he gets angry. That’s not healthy either. I know that I’m wrong in how I’m handling my feelings. He knows that I have reached my boiling point and I just need to get all this garbage out of my system, but he can’t help himself. When I finally blow, and we both start yelling at each other, there is a lot of hurt feelings and we both wind up losing our voices for a few days. I for one, know that I’ve said some things that I didn’t mean and I try hard to make him know that I do in fact love him dearly. I try to make up for the hurt that I cause. Sometimes, he doesn’t want to hear it. But I am a patient woman. And I just keep showing him my love. As his wife, I want to serve him. I want to make him happy. Well, this is what we should be doing with God, and our Lord Jesus.

Psalm 100:12 says:

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with gladness!

Proverbs 17:22 says:

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.

As a Christian, we should be the most happy and cheerful people on the planet. But many of us to not represent our faith correctly. A merry heart necessitates that that we allow ourselves the opportunity to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Laughter produces great emotional strength even in the face of death. Gloom depletes our strength, while joy multiplies it. Depression makes it hard to even begin the day as the depressed person just doesn’t have the strength to even get out of bed on occasion. When there seems to be no good in our lives, and we are not happy with anyone, the tension builds and we feel despair, that is when we need what God has to offer, abundantly, the most. Joy and laughter. The Bible tells us in many places that we should be happy, joyful, and be in good humor. Here are some other references…

Psalm 2:4

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in … derision.

In Luke 6:21, Jesus says:

Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh

You can also see the following verses for yourself:

Genesis 21:6; Psalm 37:13, 59:8, 98:4 & 8, 126:2; Proverbs 1:26; Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4; Matthew 15:16, 19:24; Mark 7:13, 10:25; Luke 13: 32, 15:7, 18:25; and John 15:11

Don’t water down the instructions that God gives us in His word. Be careful not to try to explain away the truth. God tells us through the Bible and through the words of Jesus Christ, exactly what He wants for us and how he wants us to behave. It’s not up to us to “change” the meaning of God’s Word. It is our responsibility to listen. God says what He means, and means what He says. So stop worrying about everything. God is in control…not you! Enjoy life and everything in it! Learn to find peace within yourself and it will be a whole lot easier for you to see the Blessings that God has given you and you can then take on the attitude of, “Don’t worry! Be happy!!”

God loves you, and so do I. Go and be Blessed in the strength and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

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