Jul 06 2012

Best Things About Being...

You probably know someone like this, no matter what their circumstances are, they seem to find the bright side. I like being around those people. They help you feel better about whatever challenges you're dealing with. Found one of those people last night in this video I watched. He’s a film critic.  His name is Tommy Edison, and he’s blind. He made his own film talking about the best things about being blind:

He said…

-he got out of gym in school

-fewer bills, no electric bill (he doesn't need lights)

-no car payment,

-no car insurance

Then he said, "I don’t know race.  I don't know beauty.  I know people from what comes out of their mouth and what's in their heart, it's very cool that way."

Maybe today you could look at whatever situation or challenge your dealing with and come up with a “Best Things About Being _____ ” list too.

I’ll do it with you:  Best thing about being single…More room for shoes in the closet, but most importantly discovering how Jesus can be my everything.  

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Jul 05 2012

Pursue Happiness

Sometimes when you don’t have a specific elaborate plan, you have the most fun.

Like yesterday for example.  My kids were with their Dad for Fourth of July so I didn’t plan anything big.  Just work and maybe run some errands, take advantage of the sales.

But, a friend of mine wouldn’t have that.  She said, “you’re coming with me.”  So went to a neighborhood pool party and cookout (even though I wasn’t a neighbor). Even though things weren’t the way I would have chosen them to be, I found happiness.

As I helped put hot dogs on a plate for my friends kids and kept them away from the fireworks she was setting off in the cul-de-sac, I thought I’m not sure it’s exactly how the founding father’s envisioned us celebrating their act of treason in signing the Declaration of Independence, 263 years later. I think it’s better than they ever dreamed.

I thought about that famous passage that Thomas Jefferson wrote in that Declaration:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

So far, life hasn't turned out the way I planned, but I refuse to sit and wallow or give up.  I will continue to pursue happiness.  Join me!

It just might turn out better than I dreamed.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

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