Sunday, May 4, 2008

Don't Worry - Be Happy

It should be Sunday morning when this posts. I am trying the new feature that allows you to schedule your post date and have it post at 12:01 A.M. on the date you select. I borrowed another beautiful photo from someone to set a peaceful scene full of color and beauty. I have a Masters degree in Psychology and have read scads of self help literature in the area of achieving peace in your inner being. I have yet to find anything to top the advice given by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians. I am going to paraphrase some of his thoughts from the fourth chapter starting around verse 4. Even if you don't believe as I do, you can't go wrong with this prescription for peaceful living. He says to rejoice in the Lord. Believers will understand this concept. Then he admonishes his readers to be kind and considerate in all they do. That's certainly good advice. Those around you will reciprocate when you model unselfish behavior. He says don't worry about anything (hard) but pray about everything (easy) and remember to thank God when he answers you. Knowing and believing that God is in charge will keep your thoughts and hearts quiet and at rest. Since behavior is not static, but moving, you must replace unproductive behavior with productive behavior. If you don't, the unproductive behavior will move back into its empty house. That's why Paul tells us to think on what's true, good, and right. He says think about things that are pure and lovely and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Good advice for us all regardless of our religious leanings or beliefs. I hope your Sunday is peaceful.

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. Albert Einstein