7/1/10

Little Things Make Us Happy


(published in Cordele Dispatch 7/1/10)


What puts a smile on your face or gives you that peaceful feeling of contentment? There are many “little things” that bring me joy, but a few that first come to mind are a good cup of coffee, wandering through a book store with some good purchases in hand, and seeing my son doing his own personal devotional in his room. Oh! Don’t let me forget the new “buggies” (shopping carts for some of you) at Wal-Mart. That really puts a smile on my face! I guess I’m just a simple person and it doesn’t take much to make me happy.
I’ve come to the conclusion that being a simple person is a good thing in this complicated world that we live in. It can help remind us of what really is important in life. It’s so easy to lose our focus when Satan is constantly trying to keep us from living for the Lord. We can get down right discouraged at times trying to figure out why things don’t go smoothly for us when we’re doing our best to follow after God. We’re told in James 1:2 (NIV): “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance”. But it’s so hard for me to be joyful in the midst of some of my trials. The last thing I feel like doing sometimes is smiling and trying to be happy. But there is definitely a difference in the joy that I feel when things are going well for me and the joy that Jesus Christ puts in my heart. Yes, sometimes he has to remind me of where my true joy is and the price he paid for that joy. When I’m reminded of what Christ did for me on Calvary, it’s easy to see that my trials pale in comparison. Now that’s not to say that we aren’t entitled to feel deep sadness, like when we loose a loved one to death or some other event that takes us by surprise and “knocks us off our feet”. But as Christians, we have hope - hope for a brighter tomorrow. That hope comes from Jesus Christ alone.
Jesus came to this world not only to give us life, but life more abundantly – and that means living a life of joy. In John 15:11 (NIV) He says: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”. Friends, he has overcome the world. He has overcome any problems or trials that we may be experiencing right now. We have to take Him at His Word and trust Him. Yes, trusting completely can be a difficult thing to do. We’ve been disappointed in the past as family, friends, or even our brothers and sisters in Christ have let us down. We’ve let them down too. But trusting Jesus is a “little thing” that brings big results. It’s not a complicated process like we sometimes feel it is. It’s as simple as believing him. Not just believing in him but believing what he says. We can trust what his word tells us because it’s proven to be true time after time. So the next time something threatens to steal our joy, let’s just think about this saying: God said it. I believe it. That settles it! May God bless you immeasurably as you trust him daily!

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