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How Happiness Happens

A recent survey found that only 1 out 3 Americans are truly happy with their current life. While this feeling of contentment is a temporary state, only a third of those who participated were found to be joyful and satisfied. This makes me wonder, how does happiness happen? How can individuals use the beginning of a new year and decade to turn their frown around?

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you,” Luke 6:38.

Best selling author Max Lucado’s newest book provides biblical insight to explain How Happiness Happens. While watching Fox and Friends over my Christmas Break, I caught Lucado’s interview to promo his latest project. Based upon this brief segment, Lucado draws upon Jesus’ teaching on giving, “it’s better to give than receive.”

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered, Proverbs 11:24-25.

King Solomon provides another perspective on giving in the passage above. It’s unclear if Solomon is speaking about his own life or merely referring to the sowing principle. Regardless of this context, those who learn to freely give without expecting something in return will be blessed by God and others. As 2020 commences tomorrow, my prayer is that you may begin to understand how happiness happens.

by Jay Mankus

How to be a Man

In March 2009 The Rick and Bubba Show was heard on XM Radio channel 158.  Today, Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey appear each weekday morning on their flagship station WZZK-FM along with several other radio stations in 15 different states.  Last week, Rick and Bubba were guests on Fox and Friends to promote their new book entitled How to be a Man.  The content is based upon the Bible, using biblical principles to highlight how to become a spiritual man of God.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things, 1 Corinthians 13:11.

If you listen to college professors or pay attention to recent trends at higher education institutions across the country, manhood is under attack by feminists.  Courses on losing your manhood, white privilege and becoming gender neutral is confusing young men.  Unfortunately, recent college graduates are rejecting the values taught to them by their upbringing.  As post-modernism and secularism humanism is being embraced by millennials, the Bible is no longer considered a credible source for how to become a man.

For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God], 1 Corinthians 13:12.

The apostle Paul became a spiritual father to thousands of converts to Christianity.  Some of these believers lived in the city of Corinth.  In the passage above, Paul refers to times in life when things are blurry.  Perhaps, Paul is referring to boys who are struggling to become a man.  Since perfection does not come quickly, learning to become a man takes time and years of practice.  Therefore, if you find yourself stuck, confused by the enigma of manhood, take time to study the book of Proverbs.  These godly instructions should give you the information you need to transition from a boy into a man.

by Jay Mankus

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