Are We Happy, Really?

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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Why don't we just admit it? "I am not happy. My life sucks! There isn't a pot of gold atrepparttar end ofrepparttar 132487 rainbow. There is no outside source or circumstance that will bring long term happiness." (Happiness is not a position, situation, or standing that we or anyone else can create. It comes from within.)

Maybe, then, we would facerepparttar 132488 truth. Our methods don't work. Not even religion brings lasting happiness. Only God can bringrepparttar 132489 kind of peace that passes all circumstances. And, to find it, perhaps we could begin considering He really does haverepparttar 132490 answers!

2003 by Joyce C. Lock

Give not that which is holy untorepparttar 132491 dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:6-8

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Tar and Tax

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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We believe whatever we're told to believe, hate whatever we don't understand, label sin, judge people by degrees, and lookrepparttar other way to our own vices. Perhaps, brother hating brother originates with one's need to feel superior. But, let me tell you, it's just as ugly and damaging as tar.

My father was a licensed preacher, an ordained deacon, and fromrepparttar 132485 south. As a church planter, he served, throughrepparttar 132486 years, in most every top leadership position ofrepparttar 132487 church and, often, multiple positions atrepparttar 132488 same time. His home served as temporary residence for untold numbers of evangelists, missionaries, summer workers, andrepparttar 132489 like. Even his wallet belonged torepparttar 132490 church.

Only, legalists never knew dad that way. They judged him from onset and killed my daddy, long before cancer got him ... and his was hereditary. All of his children mourned for what their hate had done to him. My father lived and died forrepparttar 132491 church, and this one's for him.

Some quote Romans 12:1 for any imperfection ofrepparttar 132492 body in which is deemed we could possibly control. Maybe they forgot 1 Timothy 4:8. Our physical body isn'trepparttar 132493 part that's eternal. But, no matter how you look at it, some never get done looking down on others.

None-the-less, when we shoot our own wounded, we crossrepparttar 132494 line, ourselves. To not acknowledge that such hurts have always existed 'inrepparttar 132495 name ofrepparttar 132496 Lord' and that each 50 years our beliefs have changed, yet we still believe whatever we're told to believe, is to not come torepparttar 132497 realization that our learning needs to come atrepparttar 132498 feet of Jesus. And, therein is a dilemma in itself, how to get that across torepparttar 132499 people.

To tar smokers is ungodly. To tax smokers is unconstitutional.

Hate breeds contempt.

People fail us. We fail God. But, God never fails.

2003 by Joyce C. Lock http://my.homewithgod.com/blessingsandlessons/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

In addition to being a published author and poet, Joyce C. Lock created the religion column, "Christianity Made Simple" for Peru Daily Tribune, continues to write inspirational articles for area newspapers, and shares further in online and e-mail ministries.


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