If I told you I had discovered the secret to happiness, would you believe me? Would you send me $18.95 plus shipping and handling to read my book and discover the truth? It amazes me how many people are searching for the key to happiness and it is so abundantly available and at a really reduced rate!! It’s FREE!
I’m sure many of you have heard the acronyms that are supposed to remind us of our dependence upon God. You know the ones I am talking about: FROG (Fully Rely On God), WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?), and PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens). I made up one of my own: SWAP (Stop Whining And Pray)! It is based on the ever popular scripture Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
A very wise person (I don’t remember who, but I’m guessing it was my mom since she’s pretty much the wisest person I know) once told me: If you know something is wrong, fix it. If you can’t fix it, then forget about it! And the best way to forget about something that is bothering you, is to turn it over to God. Let Him take care of it for you. He can carry the burden. He can carry you when you are too weak to stand. And he can make you happy when you’re at your lowest point. SWAP!!
My husband and I have a home church group that meets at our house every Saturday. Our group is made up of a variety of people, each of us with our own share of worries and problems, each of us with our own gifts and talents. I believe it is truly a “God” thing that we are together. Yesterday, our gospel lesson was from Matthew 5:1-12 – The Beatitudes. Having come to know each other so well by this point, we were able to laugh together when we realized that if the “poor in spirit” are blessed, we are filthy rich with blessings!
All too often, people dwell in misery. I can remember getting dumped (more than once) by my boyfriend when I was a teenager, and I would dwell in the misery of it. I would look at his picture while listening to “our song” and I’d cry like anything. Everyone in my family tried to comfort me to no avail. They just didn’t know what I needed. Looking back on it now, I know that what I truly needed was for someone to whack me upside my head with a bible and say “SWAP!”
So here’s the deal… If you want to know the true secret of happiness, just send me $18.95 plus shipping and handling… NOT! Just SWAP! Stop whining (or worrying, as the case may be) and pray. Surrender yourself to Christ. He is your Creator, your Lord, your Daddy. Turn your problems over to Him and let them go. While they may not disappear overnight, you will begin to look at them in an entirely different light. Your outlook will change. Wake up tomorrow and decide that you WILL be happy. If that doesn’t work for you, give me a call and I’ll come over and whack you upside your head with a bible. (Just kidding!)