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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 4

Happiness is an Attitude – Psalm 1:1

Do you think you will ever be really happy?
Don’t give up! You may be tempted to have a “pity party,” feel sorry for yourself, and begin thinking that everyone is happy except you. This is not true. Many people give the appearance of being happy but are miserable in their hearts. Some of the happiest people in the world are living in the most miserable circumstances. It is vital to remember that happiness is not determined by circumstances but is an attitude.
A patient in the hospital said to a chaplain, “I am an atheist. My father was a pastor, and I was saved when I was nine years old. But nothing changed, and I became an atheist two or three years later.” Even though this man was smiling and friendly while he was talking, he had a major attitude problem. His belief was confused, and he had made a deliberate decision to turn away from God and to deny His existence.
Psalm 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man that . . . sitteth [not] in the seat of the scornful.” Why do people become scorners and scoffers? At some point in their life something happened, and they made a tragic decision which caused them to become scoffers.
If you are seeking happiness, you need to also make a choice. Choose to reject anyone or anything that scoffs at God and His Word. Do not allow the attitude of the world to have any influence on you, and determine that you are going to trust Him in every circumstance (whether good or bad). Jesus came to the earth to give us an abundant life. This is a life of genuine happiness!