Happy Days – March 23, 2015

Today’s Scripture… “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  If ye know these things, HAPPY are ye if you do them.” — John 13:15, 17

Thoughts for Today…
“Sunday, Monday — HAPPY DAYS!
Tuesday, Wednesday – HAPPY DAYS!
Thursday, Friday – HAPPY DAYS!
Saturday – What a day!”

Remember that?  It’s from the theme song of the television show from the 70’s, “Happy Days.” Remember the Cunninghams?  You know, Richie, Joanie, Howard and Marion.  The squeaky clean family who always seem to have smiles on their faces.  And remember their friends — Ralph “Mouth” and Potsie? And who can forget “The Fonz”? This was a television show all about “Happy Days.”  It was a show that always had a positive spin on life, even when life didn’t always go right.  Somehow, by the end of the 30 minute show, things were back in order and it always had a “happy” ending.

Did you know that the Bible speaks of “Happy Days?”  It does.  In fact, Jesus gives us a sure-fire formula for being happy…

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  If ye know these things, HAPPY are ye if you do them.” (John 13:15, 17)

Jesus had just served the disciples by washing their feet.  And He told them, “I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” In other words, “I served you, now you go and serve others.” And the result?  Happy days!!

“If ye know these things, HAPPY are ye if you DO THEM.”

Jesus says basically, “You’ll be happy if you serve others.” Jesus was their Master, so He had every right to command their service.  Instead, He served them! The world thinks that happiness is the result of others serving us, but real joy comes when we serve others in the name of Jesus Christ. Hollywood put together a fictional family, a fictional set, and a fictional story in order to create a fictional happiness.

God gives us a formula for GENUINE happiness… Follow the example of Jesus and serve others.

If we want to put a REAL positive spin on life, even when life doesn’t always go right, we can do it by serving others in the name of Jesus Christ.  If we want a genuine smile on our faces and a “happy” ending, then it can be accomplished through spending our lives yielded to God’s plan for us to serve those around us for His glory and honor.

Friend, what about YOU?  Are you serving others by sharing the example that Christ left for us?  Will you look for opportunities TODAY to let Jesus shine through your life as you encourage and edify and help those around you? If you are willing to SERVE as Christ served, then it doesn’t really matter what hardships or conflicts or difficulties come your way.  Despite anything “bad” going on, when you serve as Christ served, he assures you of one thing…

“Sunday, Monday — HAPPY DAYS!
Tuesday, Wednesday – HAPPY DAYS!
Thursday, Friday – HAPPY DAYS!
Saturday – What a day!”

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  If ye know these things, HAPPY are ye if you do them.” — John 13:15, 17

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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