Be happy,  be healthy… 

​Proberbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” (NKJV) http://bible.com/114/pro.17.22.NKJV

Science confirms this 2500 year old verse. 

I had to explain it to my two older children tonight.  It was in a song that one of them heard on their cd player.  

I would do well to remember this verse myself.  My wife and I are reading through a couple of marriage books and one of them asked when we had been the most happy as an individual in our life.  We started talking about what makes us happy now and I struggled for an answer.  I love the laughter of my children though.  Otherwise I think I am a fairly depressed and otherwise unhappy person.  Part of this is due to having super high expectations for my life that not even Jesus, Buddha, or Mother 


Teresa could meet.  But that is a story for another day.  

So here’s to trying to stay happy for hopefully longer years filled with the laughter of my children. 

Keith 

5 thoughts on “Be happy,  be healthy… 

  1. ourroughedges

    So funny you mentioned Mother Teresa. I read something about her today:

    Mother Teresa, Outlaw Christian?

    The notion that people with authentic faith do not question the Bible or God’s goodness and justice is very ingrained within us. I am sure you consider Mother Teresa a paragon of faith, but do you know that even Mother Teresa radically questioned God and was filled with doubts? You perhaps do not know this, because Mother Teresa’s private journals and letters went unpublished until 2007, a decade after her death, when finally they were released in Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta. Mother Teresa herself expressed a fear of the letters ever being made public.

    That Mother Teresa and the church kept her letters concealed for her entire life testifies to the radical power of the unwritten faith-laws. My heart broke to discover inside the book’s pages that Mother Teresa was an outlaw Christian, and an immensely lonely one. Given her important position in the global church, she was not permitted—nor would she permit herself—to go public with her true self.

    On every page, Mother’s Teresa’s street-wise, in-the-trenches faith battles it out with the prescribed unwritten faith-laws. Check out this heart-breaking sentence she wrote, for example, in which she cruelly censors her own overflowing-with-questions heart: “How long will our Lord stay away?… Where is my faith?… My God—how painful is this unknown pain… So many unanswered questions live within me—I am afraid to uncover them—because of the blasphemy.”* The entire book is filled with gut-wrenching passages just like this.

    Have you ever asked grievous, searching questions like Mother Teresa? If you ever summoned up the courage to do so, how did people around you— friends, parents, teachers, pastors, priests—respond? Did they make you feel chastised, guilty, or unhealthy? Did people of faith accuse you of backsliding or becoming an atheist? Or did they make you feel that your questions were legitimate?

    No matter what anyone has ever said or will say to you: all of your questions are legit, and you are well within your rights to ask them. Moreover, to ask them may well have the surprising effect of drawing you closer to God, rather than pushing you further and further away.

    God is not afraid of your questions. You should not be afraid of your own earnest questions either. Ask away.

    *Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the “Saint of Calcutta” ed. Brian Kolodiejchuk.

    Outlaw Christian Devotional

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  2. SANDRA MONTS

    True happiness for me is in knowing the Lord as my Savior. Yes, sometimes I have to rethink what true happiness is. I love to be with family, watch grands and spouses and their children and how they grow. One of the happiest times for me is worshiping with my church family, doing something for others and other things.
    Sometimes we expect to be happy as humans are for earthly things, but there are times we get down/depressed.
    Love you and am so very proud of you and all you have accomplished and how you continue to do more and more.
    You continue to amaze me as you bare your soul.
    Prayers for you and your family daily, Love, Granny

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    1. I think I associate happiness with being free of responsibility. When my children start doing some serious laughing it is so fun to be around. Laughter is definitely contagious.

      I wonder if I still laugh how they do sometimes, but I know that some of their laughter is because they are care free. I wonder if there is laughter in heaven? Laughter tends to be at the expense of someone else, whether they are also enjoying the joke or not. “Clean” jokes are based on something being taken out of context, changing words around, talking about our shortcomings, etc… Will we have anything to laugh about in heaven? It will be so wonderful that laughter may actually be foolish if it were to enter the heavenly realm. Maybe that will be a part of hell – jokes that are no longer funny because of the seriousness of the situation. Could the Jesus returning usher in a future without laughter?

      Keith

      Keith A. Wadley (931) 338-8258 Meridian, MS 39301

      On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 7:23 PM, Wadley's Theology wrote:

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  3. Brian

    Wadley, always great to read your thoughts and appreciate your candor. I think of happiness as being associated with the emotions of this world – hearing your favorite song on the radio, finally reaching the itch on your back, paying off that final bill. But things of Godly value, like when you first found salvation, when someone you love finds Gods grace, or when you are following His plan – those are the times I have experienced true joy. Joy is what I believe we will have in heaven. And true laughter is the natural response from the overflow of joy. Sure, laughter can come from various sources and for a lot of reasons, but it is an involuntary response to true joy. Just my thoughts

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    1. I thought you had disappeared. Glad you get the posts. I am not sure if I distinguish joy from happiness but I think I do. Joy might be defined as delighted contentment? Joy is more filling than happiness and satisfying and lasting. Happiness is fleeting and childlike to me. I don’t want happiness, I want joy, contentment, delight. Either way all of these things are fleeting for me. I completely understand and agree that eternal things tend to bring deeper joy. I get that, I just don’t have that.
      Keith

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