Day 17~ Happiness Is.......

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 3:13–18

When the writer of Proverbs outlines the benefits of wisdom, he is also advertising the benefits of every other habit and discipline inspired by the Scriptures. And since the practice of being thankful is a basic characteristic of God’s people, I believe these passages that call us to wise, godly living can appropriately be applied to the issue of gratitude as well. That’s why I really like what’s implied in today’s reading. It begins and ends with a word—“blessed”—that portrays the type of person God desires and enables us to be.

Some Bible translations use a slightly different word ... “happy.” For most people, happiness is tied to circumstances—to what is happening in their lives. For Christians, however, happiness or blessedness is not dependent on the weather, the stock market, or how our last haircut turned out. Real happiness—that unshakable sense of peace, contentment, and well-being— comes as we remind ourselves of the blessings we have in Christ and then respond with thankfulness.

We’ve talked about being “loud” with our thanksgiving, being vocal about what God is doing. Check to be sure your countenance is also expressing a joyful, thankful heart.

Pray for a Grateful Heart
Father God, I ask that You might grant me a greater vision for my life than mere happiness. I want more than that—I want to be blessed, to have a joy and gratitude that doesn’t change with my life happenings. Let me look to Your blessings for my joy. Thank You! 

Life Application:

We just started the Kickstart program from Generations with Vision as a family. We've only listened to two sessions so far, but I've already been impressed with the emphasis on character as the most vital part of education. Proverbs is full of insights and wisdom for us to apply, and see the cause and effects of certain choices and desires. When we choose to have a standard of moral excellence, and happiness that is based not upon our circumstances or surroundings, but on the finished work of Christ on our behalf, that is when we are truly able to be grateful. Happiness is a gift! We can only have true happiness when we realize how much other people have done for us, and how much we don't deserve their kindness, and then all we can do is pass that joy and hope on to others through gratefulness! 

    Happiness is to know the Savior,
    Living a life within His favor,
    Having a change in my behavior,
    Happiness is the Lord.

    Happiness is a new creation,
    Jesus and me in close relation,
    Having a part in His salvation,
    Happiness is the Lord.

    Real joy is mine, no matter if teardrops start;
    I've found the secret, it's Jesus in my heart!

    Happiness is to be forgiven,
    Living a life that's worth the living,
    Taking a trip that leads to Heaven,
    Happiness is the Lord,
    Happiness is the Lord,
    Happiness is the Lord!

    "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

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