There is much advice available to us on how to obtain success and happiness. Yet numerous titles on this subject most often include the word ‘Secret’. I wonder why. How can authors continue to title their work “The Secret to Success and Happiness” when honestly, it is no secret at all. Using your common sense will almost always put you on a path to success and happiness in your lifetime.
The practice of setting your mind on achieving what is right and good not only for you, but also for those in your sphere of influence goes back thousands and thousands of years. Actually, many ancient spiritual traditions have taught that being intensely aware of the moment you are presently in is the key to mastering complete control of your destiny. Thus, what naturally follows is generally success and happiness during most of your lifetime.
As a Christian, I read the Bible not only to learn about God and his Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, I also explore it to learn how to stay in touch with the Godhead…the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And because of this close spiritual association with my Maker, our relationship has blossomed in my lifetime and I sincerely hope our Great Creator has been glorified.
Let me give you just one example of how success and happiness has flooded my innermost being.
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About 4 years ago, I desired to start a female senior bible study group at my church. I decided to concentrate on the moment through prayer as often as time allowed. Well, ‘time’ didn’t allow for much prayer. But I continued to put things in motion.
The next thing that happened was my health started to deteriorate very rapidly and I had to begin thinking about downsizing my living conditions. My thoughts of starting a bible study group went out the window and I earnestly begin communing with God to show me what to do.
To my surprise, the heavenly messages I received were that an opportunity would open up- for me to start a bible study group in my new residence which turned out to be a newly built 55+ senior apartment building. I have been residing at this facility for 3 years now and during that time, my physical health has improved. I have made a concerted effort to meet and greet both male and female residences and have been given the pet name of being the ‘puzzle lady’ because that activity is my pastime here.
Believe it or not, because I have bonded with so many new friends and acquaintances, several people including the resident office staff have asked me to host a bible study in the media room…but I would have to call it a ‘meditation’ class. So, in the pass 2-1/2 years I have been in prayer concerning this weighty assignment.
Just recently, the Lord has answered my prayers and has given me the green light to start the bible (meditation) glass here in my apartment building. This is what happened. While studying a biblical passage in the Gospel of Mark, the Holy Spirit gave me this interpretation.
The Parable of the Growing Seed (TNIV) He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil, produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29
The Holy Spirit indicated to me that the ‘man’ in this parable is you, me, a preacher or a teacher of the word of God. The Holy Spirit went on to say that at my former church there are enough preachers and teachers. That flock is growing strong in the kingdom of God. You, too, have grown strong in the word (seed) of God, therefore, I am removing you from this flock (putting forth the sickle) and relocating you to another pasture to feed my sheep (my new apartment building).
Thanks be to God physical signs have also been afforded me to let me know that God’s timing is right. I wholeheartedly stayed in touch with my Lord and Savior for three years concerning this matter. And its success and happiness for all who attend the bible study class has already begun to manifest itself in these halls.
I’m excited! My prayer for your endeavors in Christ are simply…
“Heavenly Father, will you please continue to help me and others to use our time in the year that lies ahead with sincere insight, dedication and love. Help us to remain in touch with You no matter how long it takes for You to respond to our call. For it is our desire to do everything that is assigned to our hands with absolute commitment that pleases You. Amen.”
Scripture Lesson: “As for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.” Psalm 73:28
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