Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
We’re all looking for happiness. Fortunately, as I explained Monday, Happiness IS possible for all of us.
Sometimes, we discussed yesterday, the pursuit of happiness involves a change of mind, a new perspective, a reversal of direction.
The life of a man named Joseph was certainly challenging. He was someone whose life, heart and soul was challenged at every turn.
Great Pain Can Become Great Possibilities
Joseph, the eleventh of twelve brothers, was disliked by his older brothers. He lacked tact. He lacked humility. Despite his flaws, as God has done many times, God uses the unlikely to do the extraordinary.
His brothers were away feeding the flocks when Joseph left to go see them. “Before he got there, they saw him coming and made plans to kill him. They said to one another, “Look, here comes the hero of those dreams! Let’s kill him and throw him into a pit and say that some wild animal ate him. Then we’ll see what happens to those dreams.”
Reuben heard this and tried to protect Joseph from them. “Let’s not kill him,” he said. “Don’t murder him or even harm him. Just throw him into a dry well out here in the desert.” Reuben planned to rescue Joseph later and take him back to his father.
When Joseph came to his brothers, they pulled off his fancy coat and threw him into a dry well. 1
“Joseph”, explained Max Lucado, “would be the first to tell you that life in the pit stinks. Yet for all its rottenness doesn’t the pit do this much? It forces you to look upward. Someone from up there must come down here and give you a hand. God did for Joseph. At the right time, in the right way, he will do the same for you.” 2
“Pray without ceasing” the Bible commands. “Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out…Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 3
Whoever “seeks to pray without ceasing because he wants to be very pious and good, will never attain to it. It is the forgetting of self and yielding ourselves to live for God and His honour that enlarges the heart, that teaches us to regard everything in the light of God and His will, and that instinctively recognises in everything around us the need of God’s help and blessing…” 4
Great pain can become great possibilities.
“In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual good.” 5
Happiness is a state of mind.
You & I can choose to be happy regardless of our circumstances.
Happiness is a choice.
The choice is yours.
1 – Genesis 37:18-24, MSG
2 – From Max Lucado‘s You’ll Get Through This
3 – 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18, MSG
4 – From Andrew Murray’s With Christ In The School of Prayer
5 – From Max Lucado‘s You’ll Get Through This