‘Be Happy, it Brings Out the Worst in People’
This sounds like a selfish idiom but unfortunately seems to be true. But why? Why is it so hard for some to embrace the joy, blessings, happiness, good fortune or whatever you wish to call it, of others? Are we ourselves unhappy or believe we are unfortunate and believe that others’ blessings lessen what we feel is due us? With all the water in the world, why are some envious of another’s swimming pool? After all it’s just a hole in the ground filled with a little water. Is it because you want one, or is it because you don’t want them to have it? Here is a health tip; envy does bad things to the mind and heart of the host and renders one vulnerable to the enemy. The seed of envy is planted every time you compare your possessions with those of your neighbors. “For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.” (Job 5:2) Imagine drinking poison and expecting another to die. Such is the logic of envy. “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” (James 3:14-16)
I’m reminded of the lesson from Jonah, which we just concluded in our Sunday school. Jonah’s determination to not see the Ninevites blessed proved only to be a detriment to his own health. He saw them as being too prosperous and powerful. Add to that equation their fierce control and Jonah was able to reason that the only fair consequences for them were hell and damnation. Although Jonah’s observation was not entirely wrong, he failed to recognize his own lack of worthiness. One may not avoid the obvious blessings of their neighbors; some you will welcome; others you may refuse; however, none of which should you judge.
Be thankful for the things that God has blessed you with. If you have more, then learn to share. If you have less, then learn to care. Of all that you learn, learn to bless the Lord in what you do with what He has blessed you.
Life is a school and the ups and downs of it are the lessons. The things that we have are the tools. While some will learn to do more with less, others will learn that having more may prove to be less. God could have come to the world in any form that He desired; “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8) Jesus displayed extreme humility and instructed His disciples to be the same. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
In whatsoever station you find yourself, never forget whose you are. To do so causes one to lose sight of who he is. The apostle Paul knew the pain of suffering as well as the victories of success. “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:12,13) Do not forget that the things that you control belong to God. It matters not how much or how little but how well you will have used them. “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21) “Be Happy!”
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