Things That Make Us Happy 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 08:13 AM - Extra Christy
Things that make us happy is the most difficult article to write in our monthly newsletter. It lists good news among the members of our congregation. (I got the idea from Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY) It was missing this month and I was pleased to hear it was missed. We don't often stop to list the happy things as often as we post our gripes, chores, and appointments, so it is hard to find happy things for the newsletter.

Coming events and pastor reports fill a newsletter with the Pastor's article as icing on top. Getting all that together is a time consuming job, and they must be included! In the newsletter and in life is difficult to do extra things we don't have to do, like remembering tell ourselves and others to be happy about good things in our lives.

Church elders and pastors from a region meet together as a Presbytery. One Presbytery assigned a member to give a resolution of thanks at the end of the meeting. The good things we had done were brought up; everything from the good church meal shared, to missionaries commissioned. It was an unnecessary item of business, no vote or discussion was required, but I found it to make the rest of the meeting worthwhile.

Consider keeping a list of things that make you happy. It would be good to review at family meal times or just before going to bed. In the midst of all the things we have to is good to do things we don't have to do, like remember to be happy. It helps make the what we have to do worthwhile.

Things To Think About

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.-- Philippians 4:4-9 (NRSV)

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