What is Happiness #3

How many times do we have to see the “high and mighty” fall to realize that happiness is NOT found in power? Power over others breeds arrogance as we currently see in America’s government. How many times do we have to see the “wealthy” fall to realize that happiness is NOT found in riches and having “things”? So, the question comes around again…what is happiness?

I believe that happiness is found in “restoration”.

In some small way, you know this is true. How do you feel after completing your spring cleaning? How do you feel after reorganizing your mess…be it a messy garage, a messy closet, or a messy life? Restoration, to restore…to restore life and vitality, like when you were a young kid with no worries. Jesus says to come to Him as these little children…what does that mean? Jesus tells us not to worry…what does that mean? It means what it says! But Haven, you don’t understand the problems in my life! You don’t understand my loss, my pain! Well…maybe I don’t know the details in your life nor feel the pain directly, but there is not one person on this planet that doesn’t have problems and pain. It is the promise of being in a fallen world. SO…

So, we need to turn to Jesus who loves us and will interceed for us. This is the first step in restoration…to restore oneself to be a new creation in Christ. I invite you to open up the 17th chapter in the book of John in your Bible. You will find 3 prayers by Jesus. The third prayer is about YOU if you are a Child of God, and if you are not yet, why not read the text anyway and let it “cook” within you. To become a new creation, as a plant, you must first plant a seed. The “seed” is the Word of God found in the Bible. Don’t try for a Saul/Paul conversion, simply plant a seed and tenderly nurture it, water it, and it will grow. Before long, you will see true restoration.

You have already been redeemed (the price of your salvation has been paid), now you must open that door and let Christ into your life to restore you anew…this is salvation from sinner to saint. Now, THAT is true happiness!

What is this "Different Kind of Tree"?

“A Different Kind of Tree” is a book about life. It is a book about how and where you get nourishment; a book about where you have planted your roots and what fruit you bear. Everybody bears fruit; the only question is: Is your fruit good or bad? Is what you do of a positive impact on others or is it of negative impact? This book is about growing in the LORD, if you love the world and it’s evil, you are not in the LORD (1 John 2:15-17); it is about the decisions you make in life. Each Chapter starts out with a portion of my true life story because this book is also about “the journey”, my journey through the bad, the ugly and the good. It is about my journey out of darkness toward Christianity and becoming a true Child of God.

What is this “Different Kind of Tree”?

“A Different Kind of Tree” is a book about life. It is a book about how and where you get nourishment; a book about where you have planted your roots and what fruit you bear. Everybody bears fruit; the only question is: Is your fruit good or bad? Is what you do of a positive impact on others or is it of negative impact? This book is about growing in the LORD, if you love the world and it’s evil, you are not in the LORD (1 John 2:15-17); it is about the decisions you make in life. Each Chapter starts out with a portion of my true life story because this book is also about “the journey”, my journey through the bad, the ugly and the good. It is about my journey out of darkness toward Christianity and becoming a true Child of God.

Young people – death is real, it is not a video game!

Dear Lord please comfort those hurt and suffering loss in Colorado this day! 14 innocent have been killed and many hurt while attending the new Batman movie! The youthful killer, decked out in body-armor like in some violent movie, acted for 20 minutes dropping tear gas and shooting the innocent, like he was racking up points in some bloody video game. To blend in, it started during a shooting scene in the movie. At first attendees thought it was part of the show…they expected the violence…but certainly not all real…and this was VERY REAL! Life and death is real; this is not some electronic game…push a few buttons and it is over! Memories of these events are NEVER over! Murdered people have families that love them and have dreams for thier lives. What are we becoming as a society? The ugly insane coarseness of our language! The sloppy way of dressing! The destruction of the body through piercings, tatoos, huffing, and drugs! Violent music! Violent video games! The ugly actions of  6 to 30 year olds upon their peers! The bullying! It is all related together! With the break down of the family, our morals, our integrity, our honesty, we have created generations crusted-over with a shell of deadness! …all the while, our society continues its work to remove God at break-neck speed! Oh, and it will break us alright…is that what you want? Pray and work to change our direction for the sake of the children…and my grandchildren!

Be like Joseph!

Joseph of the Bible’s Genesis stories had an interesting life; his brothers hated him and tried to kill him. He was sold into slavery. But over and over again the story tells us that God was with him; many might question, where is God in this? Joseph kept going, succeeding at every level; but problems still followed him. Falsely accussed of attempted rape by a jilted high-powered woman, he was wrongly thrown into prison. Prison, where he now had more chances to succeed, which he did. Forgotten by an exiting jailmate, he remained in prison where he continued to do the Lord’s work, not sitting around in self-pity. Joseph got out of prison by following the Lord’s Spirit and succeeded even greater, always keeping his eye on God and doing the right thing regardless of the possibile negitive outcomes when dealing with “the world”.

So what’s in this story for us? We would ALL do well to keep our eye upon Jesus Christ, do His will (not our own), and not worry about what the world thinks of us Christians. Put the Lord first and everything else (be it good or bad) will fall into proper alignment. Just because you follow Christ doesn’t mena your life will be easy; Jesus told us the world would hate us for what we believe (John 17), so don’t worry! Be of good cheer! If you are a Christian, you are a child of God…it doesn’t get any better than that! Blessings to you!

Problems? We will get to the other side!

We all have “storms” in our lives, problems and pains. The “storms of life” come against us all. Jesus chose the disciples for a grand purpose; He would not allow them to drown in the Sea of Galilee…read Mark 4:35-41. Furthermore, Jesus had a purpose for the group to get into the boat. The purpose was NOT to drown in the middle of the Sea of Galilee, but to get to the other side. So, why do you suppose these seasoned fishermen, familiar with the storms on the Sea of Galilee, were so upset that they thought they were going to drown? They forgot who they were traveling with! The Lord Jesus would not allow them to drown; they had nothing to worry about. So let me ask you, who are you traveling with? Jesus can and will calm the “storms in your life”, all you need to do is to get into the boat with Him! Amen.