“You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
Just this week I had a friend whose mother is 92 years old and had fallen and they had to place her in a nursing home because they could not care for her medically at home. She is almost legally blind, and as they wheeled her down the hall to her room they were describing the room to her. He said they visually provided a description of what the room looked like, including the eyelet draperies that hung on the windows. Even before they got to the room she said “I love it.” The nurse said but you haven’t even seen the room yet, just wait until we get you there. “That doesn’t have anything to do with it I love the room said his mother.” As he was telling me this I was reminded that happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether we like our room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, or the kind of draperies that hang on the windows, but rather depends upon how we arrange our minds. Philippians 4:11 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” This is wonderful advice the Apostle Paul is telling us in the scripture above, as we need to genuinely appreciate whatever God gives us. Whether we are living in poverty or in great abundance we need to be thankful for all the things that God provides. We need to wake up each morning with our minds made up that we will love whatever God has in store for us. It’s a decision we need to make each morning. When we wake up we have a choice; we can spend our day in bed recalling the difficulties we have had in our past, or get out of bed and be thankful for the things that God provides. Each day is a gift, and as long as our eyes are open, we need to focus on the new day and all the happy memories we have stored away. We need to be thankful for this day and what God has in store for us. Old age is like a bank account. We can withdraw from what we have put in it. We need to deposit a lot of happiness, a lot of wonderful memories, a lot of the good times from our past. We do not want to deposit the baggage of our lives, the hurts, the disappointments, the worries and our past troubles. When we begin to make withdrawals from our bank accounts, we only want to withdraw the good things of our lives, our happiness, our joy and our happy memories. God wants us to be happy and if we are happy with ourselves this will shine through to others, and then we can be a true witness to others. We can choose to be happy each and every day of our life, this is our choice. We must choose to be happy and contented with what God gives us.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
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