We should always believe in ourselves and know that our happiness lies in
our own hands. We should never believe the falsity that we can never be
happy in life or that our best days are behind us. What we must remember
is that with each new day given to us, we have new opportunities to fulfill
our life's destiny and find happiness in our successes. Many times we get
down on ourselves because of past shortfalls and failures and we give up on
ourselves. We don't see ourselves as worthy to be happy in life, but that
is not how God wishes for us to see ourselves. The Lord wants us to be
confident because He is able to give us a new beginning no matter how many
times we have failed in times past. A quote I think of often says “Fall
down seven times, stand up eight.” We must stand up again and believe
that we are meant for greatness. (Philippians 1:6) (Isaiah 43:18-19)
No matter our shortfalls, we can be successful and be happy in life. We
simply must believe in ourselves and know that God does not create
mistakes. We are not mistakes and we never were. We must change our self
image into one of mighty warriors in Christ who are able to overcome old
hurts and be triumphant in every area that we put our minds to. Be
encouraged to strive for excellence. Don't give up on yourself. Believe
that you are meant to accomplish great things. Love yourself as God loves
you and know that your happiness is waiting for you to attain it.
I hope this message ministers to your heart and shows you that your
happiness can be attained by simply believing in yourself and knowing that
a new beginning is always possible.
HAPPINESS HAS TWO DOORS
It was by chance I discovered this. Discovering things is what I do.
A friend once called me a “scavenger” and in doing so, finally gave me the
answer I longed for when someone asked, “What do you do for a living?”
“I am a scavenger!” I now declare proudly.
Miners dig for gold and precious gems. I rummage through lives and words in
search of the same thing.
Yesterday I discovered that “Happiness has two doors.”
I believe it would be safe to say that everyone wants to be happy. Some
want it to last forever and more realistic dreamers would appreciate even
a moment or two in each day. Perhaps even, if they should be so bold as to
dream so big, would like much longer periods mixed throughout the reality
of life's ups and downs. Moments turn into hours and days into one greatly
appreciated week. It is with this realization I discovered that there are
two doors that lead to happiness.
You always enter one and leave through the other.
Some enter the door at the speed of light skipping past others in pursuit.
They do anything they believe will make them happy without taking the time
to understand the consequences. They gamble, they lie, they dive right into
an opportunity without thinking, simply because they see it as a “chance
of a lifetime,” when in fact, God provides a lifetime of chances.
They step on and over others to get to the head of the line. They profit
little but spend more than they have in order to give the appearance of
success and the illusion of being happy.
This happiness is short lived and the door they exit leads most times to
pain, depression and much longer periods of regret. Sometimes it simply
The door to true happiness opens easy for those who believe that happiness
is a choice.
Everything need not be perfect in their life in order to be happy. They
don't need to have fancy clothes to feel properly dressed for any occasion.
They don't need an expensive car to make a statement. They need a car to
get them to work. How they live speaks volumes.
They may not come from a story book family or have a perfect marriage, but
they see themselves as a mosaic portrait of God's plan for their life.
They remember the joy of playing with an old rag doll or stick of wood for
hours because their parents could not afford better.
They have witnessed love in the eyes of the elderly because they stopped to
say hello and share their time.
They have fallen down, but their faith has never let them down.
Although at times, happiness may be short lived, the door they exit always
leads them to another and another, for when God opens one door...oh, you
know the rest.
You find happiness there, too, right?
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
2 Corinthians 4:15-17 “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant
grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the
inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but
for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search
for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD...”
Joshua 1:8-9 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but
thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way
prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded
thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou
dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WHAT IS FAITH?
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Today's Selected Testimony: JESUS IS THE FAITHFUL PROVIDER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry