Because “A merry heart does good like a medicine,”
A couple was going on vacation, but his wife was on a business trip so he went to the destination first. His wife planned to meet him the next day.
When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.
Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband had passed away only the day before.
When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.
At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:
Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.
P.S. Sure is hot down here.
“Wake up, you’ve got to get up. It’s time for school!”
“I don’t want to go today. The teachers don’t like me; the kids don’t like me. I’m going to stay in bed.”
“You have to go, you’re the principal!”
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8
Today’s Happiness Dare: Meditate on each of these words. Think about examples from your life to represent each word. Play it like a word association game. Experience your life being richer and fuller through following the instructions in this verse.
true, honest, just, pure, lovely, a good report, virtue, praise
Here’s my first attempt at this exercise:
True: The word of God is true. Truths: Jesus is the Son of God. He loved me and gave Himself for me. God loves me. My family loves me. Jesus is Lord.
Honest: Telling the truth is the basis for trust. I will be honest with myself and others today. Where can I embrace the truth more closely? Sometimes it is easier to agree with someone than to be honest. Being honest opens the window to your soul so they can see inside. Being honest and transparent builds relationships.
Just: It pleases God for us to speak ill of no one. Let Him be the judge.
Pure: My first thought is a red rose with drops of dew on its petals.
Lovely: Beautiful blue of the sky with fluffy floating clouds, and sunsets.
A Good Report: My children are thriving mentally, spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally.
Virtue: Kindness, thoughtfulness, love, goodness, doing the right thing.
Praise: God is working in my life even as I speak!
There so much we can do with these eight little words or phrases. They can take us places that God wants us to go in our thinking and our living. Let’s see where He will lead us today. Think on these things!