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"How to be happy."

The psychiatrist, Carl Jung, once said, “There is no better therapy for an unhappy person than to find someone else to make happy.” In some ways, it is no magic. But if we can step away from thinking about what we have done wrong and simply do something right, we are going to feel much better.

A few years ago there was a member of my church who went through a divorce. He was understandable sad, but also frustratingly stuck. He didn’t seem to be able to move on. He didn’t seem to be able to move on. He just keep mulling the loss over and over in his head and couldn't escape those voices which remind us all of what we could have done better - even when we know we have done our best.

Then one day I suggested he might consider going on one of the mission trips our church sponsored each year. I was remembering the Carl Jung’s advice. We had a mission trip to the inner city of Chicago planned. We were going to Lakeside Presbyterian Church just a short walk from lake Michigan. We were going there to lead a VBS for the neighborhood children. The Sunday after returning, this young man came up to me and I could tell something was different about him. He just didn’t seem as – well, SAD – as he had been. I asked him what happened?

He said it was their second day there. They had been preparing for the VBS to begin. He had been running up and down stairs making sure everything was in place. He said, the whole time he was doing this, he was rushing past a little neighborhood girl named, Lydia. She was about seven years old. Most of the time she was dancing around and singing to herself. Then, just before all the kids were to arrive, just about the time, he was wondering if this trip was worth the trouble, he was passing by Lydia on one more trip up the stairs. As he approached her, she was twirling around. But just as he came near, she stopped twirling, which stopped him, and she said, in the most mature voice. “I want you to know I am glad you are here. I appreciate all you are doing.”

He told her, “Why, thank you.”

But, he told me. as he walked away, it was like I had just heard the voice of Jesus saying to me: “I want you to know I am glad you are here. I appreciate all you are doing.”

That experience silenced those voices for the longest time, at least long enough so that he could hear something else - something like the voice of God saying, "Well done good and faithful servant."