Rules of happiness – Happy New Year

Rules of happiness – Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019
Phil Birch

 

PSALM 146 VS 5, “HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO HAS THE GOD OF JACOB TO HELP HIM AND WHO DEPENDS ON THE LORD HIS GOD…” (GNB)

IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN WE HEAR THESE THREE WORDS, “HAPPY NEW YEAR.”

WE MAKE RESOLUTIONS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE WHAT WE THINK WILL BRING US HAPPINESS, – “I’M GOING TO GET FIT AND LOSE 5 KILOS THEN I’LL BE HAPPY- I’LL JOIN THE GYM TOMORROW” OR “I WANT TO GET RICH THEN I’LL BE HAPPY” OR “’M GOING TO BUY A NEW CAR — THAT’LL MAKE ME HAPPY AND MY NEIGHBOURS JEALOUS”

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE HAPPY. MANY FAIL BECAUSE THEY LOOK FOR HAPPINESS IN THE WRONG PLACES — HAPPINESS IS NOT FOUND IN THE NUMBER OF POSSESSIONS ONE HAS, HAPPINESS IS NOT FOUND IN USING ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, HAPPINESS IS NOT FOUND IN MASSIVE BANK BALANCES.

PROVERBS 16 VS20 ,” PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE TAUGHT, AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL; TRUST IN THE LORD AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY.”

THE FOUNDATION FOR HAPPINESS IS A RIGHT AND PROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD. BUT IN ORDER TO FULLY EXPERIENCE THAT HAPPINESS, WE MUST BUILD ON THAT FOUNDATION IN PRACTICAL WAYS.

EARLIER THIS YEAR |CAME ACROSS CALLED LIST “TEN RULES FOR HAPPIER LIVING”. SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE A SIMILAR LIST WHICH YOU FOLLOW.

(1) PRAY TO KNOW GOD’S WAY — HOW WILL WE KNOW GOD’S WAY UNLESS WE TALK TO HIM?. IF YOU DO NOT ALREADY HAVE A DAILY QUIET TIME WITH GOD, | ENCOURAGE YOU TO START- IF |FORGET MY QUIET TIME (AND IT HAPPENS!) THEN| FEEL SOMETHING’S NOT RIGHT WITH MY DAY. PRAY WHEREVER YOU FIND YOURSELF DURING THE DAY, THE OFFICE, THE CLASSROOM AT HOME — THE LORD IS ALWAYS LISTENING!.                                  .

JOIN A PRAYER GROUP, WE HAVE SEVERAL HERE AT GMC, START YOUR OWN GROUP, MANY OF MEMBERS ARE GREAT PRAYER WARRIORS AND WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO HELP YOU.

  • DO A KINDNESS — WE AS A CHURCH ARE INVOLVED IN VARIOUS FORMS OF KINDNESS, EXAMPLES OF JUST TWO-
    • OUR CARE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW, THIS A MINISTRY IN WHICH CHURCH MEMBERS DONATE FOODSTUFFS TO THOSE IN NEED. THE CHURCH OFFICE ACTS AS DEPOT FOR THESE GOODS AND WE ENSURE THAT THESE GIFTS OF FOOD ARE GIVEN TO GENUINELY NEEDY PERSONS. YOUR TIN OF PILCHARDS COULD MAKE THE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TO A HUNGRY PERSON. WE ALSO RECEIVE CASH IN LIEU OF GOODS. ONCE IN A WHILE I’M SENT OUT WITH

THAT CASH AND A LONG SHOPPING LIST — BUY 6 TINS OF THIS, 10 PACKETS OF THAT ……….+!

  • LOVE IN A WE AS A CHURCH SUPPORT THE “MICKEY MOUSE” CRECHE, A METHODIST CHURCH-RUN CRECHE INOUDTSHOORN. ONCE A YEAR AN APPEAL IS MADE TO OUR MEMBERS TO SPONSOR A GIFT BOX FOR A DESIGNATED CHILD. THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOX WOULD TYPICALLY INCLUDE CLOTHING, TOYS, SWEETS, STATIONARY ALL OF WHICH IS GIVEN WITH LOVE BY THE DONORS. MANY DONORS NEVER SEE “THEIR” CHILD BUT |CAN ASSURE YOU THESE GIFTS OF KINDNESS ARE RECEIVED WITH THEIR OPEN ARMS FROM YOUR OPEN HEARTS.

—NEW CHILDREN AND THEIR GIFT BOXES.

 

AS MANY AS WE ARE HERE TODAY SO CAN WE DO ACTS OF KINDNESS.

 

  • SAY “PLEASE” AND “THANK YOU” — THESE THREE WORDS ARE POSSIBLY THE MOST POWERFUL WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR IMPROVING RELATIONS BETWEEN PERSONS AND BETWEEN PERSONS AND

| RECENTLY STOOD IN THE CHECK-OUT QUEUE OF A SUPERMARKET. ANOTHER CLIENT CAME TO THE TILL OPPOSITE WHERE I WAS STANDING. THE CASHIER GREETED HIM – NO RESPONSE, THE CASHIER ASKED HIM IF HE WOULD LIKE A BAG FOR HIS GROCERIES — ONE WORD, YES. THE CLIENT PAID, THE CASHIER GAVE HIM THE TILL SLIP AND THANKED HIM — NO RESPONSE, THE MAN JUST WALKED AWAY. ANY GUESSES HOW THAT CASHIER FELT?

LET’S THANK HIM FOR OUR YEAR. FOR ALL THE BLESSINGS OF 2018

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