My friend, may I ask you a question? Is there an inner brand of happiness much more potent and powerful than just plain happiness? How about a heart filled with joy serving others? Is doing something for others despite how wearisome, even toilsome it might be for you the key?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
What’s the secret of true happiness?
Here’s a story: “Why is he always so happy?” the disgruntled and tired driver mumbled to himself. A little old man, gaunt and thin, was crossing the intersection in front of Joe’s idling car. He was obviously poor. Joe saw him cross this intersection almost every day. Every day he wore the same irksome smile beaming from ear to ear. Then, after not seeing the man for many weeks, he decided to check the narrow alley down which the old man habitually disappeared. The alley led to a homeless shelter at the end of the block. “Aha!” he thought. “It’s the food that makes him so happy. I could be that happy myself if all I had to worry about was my stomach!” Joe contested with himself. He got out and walked in. He went to the desk and asked about the man. “He’s a little old man, always wearing a gray overcoat with green backpack. “You were a friend of his then?” the attendant queried. “Was?” Joe returned. “Well, yeah. Benny died several weeks ago. We haven’t been able to replace him either. “What did you mean, replace him?” The attendant turned around and pointed at all the homeless people lined up to eat. “Benny was the best cook we ever had. We’re going to really miss him.” “Oh,” Joe slowly replied. “I just can’t believe that a man could be that happy all the time with so little to be happy about.” “Happy?” laughed the attendant. “Benny didn’t have much to be happy about on the outside. I’d say it was more on the inside. Did you know him?” “No,” muttered Joe. “Wish I had!”
Benny had lived a life of unapparent happiness; an inner brand of happiness much more potent and powerful than just plain happiness. It was something called joy. Benny’s heart was filled with joy because he knew that every night he would see his friends, and serve them some delicious soup and bread. He was doing something for them and it didn’t matter that his life was weary, even toilsome. He lived a life in constant companionship with the joy of serving others. He had a glad heart despite the conditions of his life. While Joe had much in the way of material things, he had little in the way of joy; never learning that life is all about others and not about him. God gives us choices in life. We can choose to be a Benny or choose to be a Joe. If it’s joy you’re looking for, the contentment of inner joy, Benny always beat Joe!
We pray. Father. Lord, thank You for letting us work with You to share Your joy with the world. Help us not take for granted the gift it is to share Your gospel to the nations, and to our neighbors. Help us have eyes to see the needs around us and to respond to those needs in joy and hope. Thank You so much Lord for Your love and care over us. May charity govern us outwardly creating an inward joy that is contagious with all we meet. Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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