Since when did being a Christian mean you had to check in at the Unhappy Hotel?
God’s GPS will never send you on the Highway to Heartbreak.
You don’t have a flight booked on Sadsack Airways, a rental at Cry-Your-Tears Bungalow, or a dinner reservation for an Unhappy Marriage.
God says he’s the travel planner extraordinaire, the super concierge, the host with the most.
God wants you to be happy, and he offers you a plan.
Proverbs 14:21 in the trusted King James version says:
“He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.”
This is an exciting verse. It starts off eliminating any questions, telling us exactly what’s not okay.
We cannot look down our nose at our neighbor. That’s right, even if they are poor; living like the devil; or getting on our last nerve every night.
Got that? God says we cannot despise those around us, or we become covered with our own sin.
Then, this verse goes on to give us our plan for happiness.
We must have mercy on the poor.
What is mercy? Merriam-Webster tells us we show mercy when we are lenient or compassionate.
That means we can’t get angry when people keep us up at night with over-loud music.
We can’t complain when our lawnmower comes back broken.
No more honking at slowpokes in traffic.
Then we should go one step further. Offer to pay a bill even when you know they squandered their last paycheck.
Yeah, that’s it. That’s God’s plan for happiness. Do unto others as Jesus did when he lived among us. When we can do that, and we can enjoy offering of ourselves unto those who need our help, our focus on what’s important will change, and we’ll find happiness everywhere we look.
Our happiness is out there. God’s immutable plan for his children will reveal it to us.
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