Monday, April 29th


“If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”  - Romans 14:8

Dear Lord, being honest, I would have to admit that all day long I am tempted to measure my happiness by whether I am getting my way or not.  I unconsciously ask myself, "Did I get what I want or need?"  This verse is a game changer.  I belong to you.  I was made by you.  I was purchased back by you after I got lost. I belong to you.  Therefore, I am not master of my own fate or captain of my own ship.  Actually, this makes me feel safe and secure even if my life in this world is non-descript or even hard.  Knowing that I belong to you also binds me to a purpose higher than my own desires.  I live for you and I die for you.  Help me to live for you as for an audience of One.  Restore to me the happiness of a life well lived for the One who lived well for me.  AMEN

Most of our unhappiness is caused by our self-centeredness and self-pity, not by the people or circumstances around us.  That's good news because with God's help we can choose to be happy at any moment.