Be Happy

Tuesday, June 7, 2022
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Ecclesiastes 8:15a – So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. (NLT)

My great-grandmother rarely ventured beyond the confines of her bedroom, but she was happy.

For as long as I can remember, my great-grandmother, Mammy, lived with my paternal grandparents. Her bedroom was just off the living room of the old home, and in those two rooms, she spent most of her days. But she never appeared sad. Crocheting afghans was one of her passions. For weeks and months, she sat in a straight-back white chair, a basket of yarn beside her, an intense smile on her face, and worked her needles. Often, she watched Perry Mason on the television while she did. If not him, a game show.

When Mammy wasn't there in the living room, she was in her bedroom, sitting on the bed and reading her Bible. I often sat in an old chair at the end of her bed and conversed with her.

Mammy was always happy. From today's vantage point, she appeared to live a somewhat boring lifestyle, but obviously, she didn't think so. She enjoyed the simple things. Wise King Solomon proposed the same: eat, drink, and enjoy life.

Happiness is a state of mind and is not governed by circumstances or things — as Solomon discovered. Things may create happiness for a short time, but eventually, like a child, we tire of them and want something new. If I wait until circumstances are continually pleasant to get happy, I'll experience happiness only infrequently.

A permanent state of happiness, like Mammy possessed, is created through a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. Knowing that our sins are forgiven lets us live life with a smile on our faces. And we should. We have something to be happy about. This continual state of heart-happiness validates our witness to others. If we claim to know Christ, yet appear sad all the time, a contradiction occurs. Understanding that God loves us unconditionally — and that we can never do anything to make Him stop — is important for maintaining a smile on our faces.

Happiness can also be caught. I caught Mammy's, and I hope that my demeanour — along with the words that I write — will help others to catch the "Be Happy" attitude, too.

Are you continuously happy, or are you allowing circumstances to govern your smiles?

Prayer: Father, remind us that we can live in a state of joy because of what You've done in our lives. Amen.

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Martin Wiles <mandmwiles@gmail.com>
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Well said, Martin. Thank you.


    So true. Thanks for the reminder. Be happy!


    Amen Martin. I do love a new adventure though!


    Thanks Martin! You were fortunate to have Mammy!


    What treasures are found in memories Martin! Blessings.


    Thank you for explaining and sharing the reason for real joy.


    You describe your ‘Mammy’ well, and it helps me. Good to read you today.


    There’s nothing like a genuine smile to cheer others. Thanks for the reminder. Blessings.


    I can relate to your Mammy. I am aged and don’t do much, but am contented and happy.
    Thank you for your thoughtful sayings.


    Amen Thank you for sharing this dear story of your Great Grandma! It is meaningful to me!
    (N.S.)


    Hi Martin,
    Thanks for the great Devotional today, thanks for sharing.
    (Ontario Canada)


    Thank you, Martin, as usual your devotion is very good. This really was helpful to me during a down time, very inspiring and uplifting. Blessings to you. May you always be happy.


    Hi Martin,
    Thank you for your devotional today. I have to work on letting my inner joy show on my face. Often, people think I look unhappy, when really, I’m just tired.


    Good morning, Martin
    Thank you for your good words this morning, it is a great gift to always be content.
    Blessings.


    Hi Martin,
    Very encouraging devotional to remind us all that we can be happy with not very much and God is there to walk with us.
    I am glad you caught mammy’s happiness. Blessings.


    Dear Martin:
    I always know it’s your devotional within the first sentence or two. I love the way you write. It feels familiar and wonderfully comforting. Thank you so much.
    As I sit here in a lot of pain, I am smiling on the inside and the outside. I have been blessed with an overflowing joy in the Lord. It bubbles up and I can’t and won’t try to stop it. God is good, all the time.
    I pray God blessings on you and again thank you for your devotionals.


    Thanks, Martin, for another of your special writings. A beautiful reflection on your great grandmother’s joyous soul and shows how knowing Jesus and following His direction is very uplifting. Her love of Jesus was certainly evident as she enjoyed each day and I’m sure was an impression on you from a young age. I didn’t have opportunity to have a great grandmother but these days I have the great joy of having several great grandchildren and enjoy sharing Bible stories with them and am so delighted when they sing their little songs that they have learned at Sunday school. Blessings for your great writings.


    This was wonderful and such a reminder of our blessings.
    Thank you.

 



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