Happiness…August 31, 2018

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Our founding Fathers gave us the positive prospects of pursuing happiness. Be reminded again of their statement in The Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

The founders understood their limitations; they could not guarantee happiness to all who followed them in declaring  independence, they could only give them the right to pursue happiness.

And what is happiness? The dictionary defines it as a state of well being and contentment…pleasuarable satisfaction…. Someone has suggested that happiness is dependent on “happenings” ie..If my health is good and my bills are paid and I have supportive friends and my circumstances are pleasant, then, I am happy.

I give you a far superior view of happiness in the following words:   and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.  Proverbs 16:20.   These words from wise Solomon came many centuries before Christ.

whoever trusts….This opens up the blessing of happiness to the whole human family. Happiness isn’t just for a few who qualify.

whoever trusts….what connects us to source of happiness is our faith. We don’t find happiness by trying;  we find it  by trusting!

whoever trusts….in the LORD, happy is he.  The object of our faith is the Sovereign Lord of the universe. Happiness is defined and experienced not by what we have, but rather by Who we have!  This LORD is present with us in all of life and will make us happy even in times of great distress….Remember, our happiness is not dependent on happenings!  Amen?

Pastor Wendell Grout

(Pastor Grout was the pastor of our church in the 50’s and 60’s.  He and his wife are now retired in Loveland Colorado.  He gave me permission to steal his blogs, but my conscience requires me to give him credit!  I hope, you will all take serious consideration of the fact that no matter what circumstances {happenings} we face – happiness can ALWAYS be found in trusting the LORD because He doesn’t ever change! – Pastor Scott)

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