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The Secret


A woman named Frances once knew a young person at church named Debbie. 
Debbie always seemed effervescent and happy, although Frances knew she 
had faced struggles in her life. Her long-awaited marriage had quickly 
ended in divorce. She had struggled to get a grip on her single life. 
She hadn't chosen it, but she decided she would live it with utmost 
enjoyment and satisfaction.

Debbie was active in Sunday school, in the choir, as a leader of the 
junior high girl's group and in the church renewal movement. Frances 
enjoyed knowing Debbie. Debbie's whole face seemed to smile and she 
always greeted Frances with a hug.

One day Frances asked Debbie, "How is it that you are always so happy 
you have so much energy, and you never seem to get down?" With her eyes 
smiling, Debbie said, "I know the secret!" "What secret is that?" "What 
are you talking about?" Frances asked. Debbie replied, "I'll tell you 
all about it, but you have to promise to share the 'secret' with others." 
Frances agreed, "Okay, now what is it?"

The secret is this: I have learned there is little I can do in my life 
that will make me truly happy. I must depend on God to make me happy and 
meet my needs. When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to 
supply according to His riches. I have learned most of the time I don't 
need half of what I think I do. HE has never let me down. Since I learned 
that secret, I am happy.

Frances' first thought was, That's too simple! But upon reflecting over 
her own life she recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her 
happy-but it didn't! She thought a better-paying job would make her 
happy-but it hadn't.

When did she realize her greatest happiness? Sitting on the floor with 
her grandchildren, eating pizza and watching a movie, a simple gift 
from God. Debbie knew the secret, Frances learned the secret, and now 
you know it too! We can't depend on people to make us happy -- only GOD 
in His wisdom can do that. Trust Him.


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