Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

Think Yourself Happy!


On this day, God wants you to know…

… that when you focus on problems, you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you will have more opportunities. 

In “What to do on the Worst Day of Your Life,” by Brian Zahnd, the author quotes Bishop Goddowell Avwomakpa as saying, “When you make God bigger, you make your trouble smaller.” 

There are many examples in the Bible of those in trouble or perilous situations “singing praises to God.”  Elihu told Job that “God gives songs in the night.”  Paul and Silas, while in prison, “sang praises to God.” In Nehemiah 8:10, we are told “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  (Ok, this can be the day’s ‘ear worm’ as our organist likes to call those little tunes you can’t get out of your head – “The joy of the Lord is my strength, the joy of the Lord is my strength …”) 

As Paul says, we need to “think ourselves happy!”


2 thoughts on “Think Yourself Happy!

  1. So these comments aren’t my own (I generally don’t give into excessive worry so I agree with these), but came from my devotional last week:

    Key Bible Verse: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6)

    A doctor once told me, “Seventy percent of all my patients could cure themselves if they would get rid of their worry and fear.”

    If anything sucks the joy from life, it is worry. But worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it doesn’t take you anywhere. It forces us to live life focused on the negative, squinting at the unknown.

    Worry is a non-confidence vote in God, so let your worry be replaced by simple trust in him today. He is at work. He is in control. He is in the middle of whatever is happening, has happened, or will happen to you. And he will never take his children where he has not gone.

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