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WHERE TO FIND HAPPINESS

A professor was known to ask his students questions to make them think. On one occasion he stood before the class and wrote on the chalkboard, “Who’s more content – the man with six million dollars or the man with six children? Now think!” he challenged them.

After a few moments, one of the students raised his hand and answered, “The man with the six children.”

“Oh? Why?” asked the professor.

“Well, the man with the six million dollars would always want more!” came the reply.

True contentment is always independent of “things” – whether possessions or pleasures. It only comes from an inner attitude toward life. That is why Paul said, “True religion, with contentment, is great wealth.”

This does not imply that being a Christian means living in poverty or wanting to be poor. But it does mean that the attraction of “things” will never bring true happiness or satisfaction, and that the Christian must always focus on things that are eternal.

In the final analysis, we can only take two things to heaven: Ourselves, through His grace, and those who we have let to the Lord through witnessing His grace to others.
So, we must live our lives with one goal: that is: to present ourselves to God without shame and share His grace with the lost..

Prayer: Help us, Father, to realize that life does not consist in the abundance of things, but in pleasing You and doing Your will. May we center our lives on things eternal. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: 1 Timothy 6:6 True religion, with contentment, is great wealth. 

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