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How Happy Are You?

Posted on: 7-15-112015

Many years ago a friend of mine gave me a framed print of two little girls.  One of the little girls had dark hair and a huge smile on her face.  The other little girl was blond and had hers arms crossed in front of her with a scowl on her face.  The caption underneath read, “Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw it because this picture was so us.  It beautifully captured each of our personalities and even had our hair color correct.  In case you’re wondering,  the dark haired, generally happy-go-lucky girl depicted me and the blond haired, not so happy-go-lucky girl was her. I’ve been thinking a lot about what was written underneath the picture for the last several days since my daughter had a really rough encounter with one of her customers.  Her store was having a giveaway and she and her employees were so excited to be able to reward someone with a prize.  When it came time for the first winner, they were bursting with anticipation.  When the told the customer her had won a prize, he responded in anger.  He told her that he didn’t need the prize, nor did he want it.  My daughter was stunned and it took her a few seconds to gain her composure enough to complete his transaction.  When she told me about this, immediately I thought about this picture and knew this man had definitely decided not to be happy that day.  I always find it amazing how people’s personalities are so different. Some people are always happy, even when the world around them is falling apart.  Others are grumpy even in the best of circumstances.  Most of us fluctuate somewhere in between these two personalities, but may lean more to one side than the other.  As Christians, it’s important not to let our circumstances determine our level of joy.  Christ alone is reason enough for us to rejoice in any situation.  He is all we need to put a smile on our face!

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for you, because You defend them.” Psalm 5:11

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1 Response to "How Happy Are You?"

I borrowed the last couple of lines. I need to remember that! Looks like we are finally going to trial next week. Please pray for us Shani. I know his attorney is probably going to attack me hard but I know I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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