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21 February 2014
GOD-TRACKING IS HAPPILY TACKING GOD'S PLANS AND PURPOSES, ALWAYS
In attempting to answer the question, what is happiness, pastor and author, Clarence Macartney, wrote, "Happiness is not found in pleasure. Lord Byron lived such a life if anyone did. But he wrote, 'The worm, the canker, and the grief are mine alone.' Happiness is not found in money either. Jay Gould, the American millionaire, had plenty of that. But when he was dying, he said, 'I suppose I am the most miserable man on earth.' Happiness is also not found in social position or fame. Lord Beaconsfield enjoyed more than his share of both. But he wrote, 'Youth is a mistake, manhood a struggle, and old age a regret.' Neither is it found in military glory. Alexander the Great conquered the known world in his day. But after having done so, he wept in his tent and said, 'There are no more worlds to conquer.'"
So what is happiness? I believe happiness is a "state" not a "strive". In other words, I believe happiness is not something we should strive for but rather it is a state of mind that we automatically gain as a result of our choices. As a disciple of Jesus I believe true happiness comes from choosing to commit our lives to Christ and by walking contentedly in the will of God. Walking in God's will may not always be comfortable but it will always bring peace, security and joy. Indeed, money can't make you happy; many friends can't make you happy; fame or status can't make you happy and a life of pleasure can't make you happy. I have discovered that there is only one place in this world to find true happiness - irrespective of circumstances - and that is by walking in the prefect will of God.
The moment you said, "I do" to Jesus, you handed the pen of your life's story over to the Lord your God. Your Father knows your "then", your "now" and your "yet to be"; a knowledge too wonderful, too lofty for anyone to attain. Though it may indeed seem at times that it's the end of the world as you know it but deep within you, if you remain on track with God's will in Christ, you will always have a true inner sense of peace, contentedness and happiness; a happiness that surpasses circumstance. So wherever your life-track is leading you, walk happily in God's will.
God-tracking is happily tacking God's plans and purposes, always.
It's all in the Book
1 Timothy 6:6-10
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Verse of the Week
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Quote of the Week A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes "God is not a power or principle or law, but he is a living, creating, communicating person -- a mind who thinks, a heart who feels, a will who acts, whose best name is Father." --- Robert Hamill
Don't Give Up, Look Up! Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus! Only in your ways do I find true happiness
"Dear God and Father, I know now that there is no way to find true happiness in this life other than tracking in your perfect will; a track I find through the door of Jesus Christ. I happily confess and repent of all my sin and my selfish desire to do things my may. I'm sorry for moving out of your will when things got tough. I now make a choice to seek your plan for my life, always. Only through Jesus can I happily come in and go out, and find pasture, even when things are tough. My happiness rests in this choice, O Lord: to walk joyfully where you lead me. I choose to not give up but look up to you to direct my ways and keep me on the straight and narrow. Only in your ways do I find true happiness. Amen."
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Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Resident in the UK, he currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also senior leader and pastor of a church in the British West Midlands called, Cornerstone Family Church and a radio broadcaster.
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