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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Four ways to just begin to be happy
"Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and
full of glory,..." (1 Peter 1:8)
Secular though it may sound, this common greeting for the beginning of a new year can only be achieved if I follow what the Bible tells me. What is it God says about that state we call happiness?
For starters, I checked out Proverbs. That wonderful book tells me a lot about how to live.
Proverbs 3:13 tells me, in order to be happy, "find wisdom and gain understanding"; all the things I desire cannot compare with this. That in itself ought to keep me busy this year!
Proverbs 14:21 tells me to "have mercy on the poor" in order to be happy. I understand it to mean not necessarily "poor" financially, but poor in spirit. This requires me to do something for someone else.
Proverbs 16:20. Check this one out carefully: "He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he." I'll actually be happy if I plainly trust in the Lord! Now, that's a biggee! So much so that this topic is repeated over and over again in God's Will In Today's World; click the book's Topical Index and uncover more about trust.
Finally, Jesus tells me in John 13:17, "If you know these things, happy are you if you do them." Reading ahead of this statement, I discover He is talking about washing the disciples' feet. I'm required to be a servant and do as Jesus has done for me, in order to be happy. That's a mighty tall order for the entire year!
And those are only four of the ways to become and stay happy!