How to Be Happy

The German philosopher Goethe said there are nine keys to contentment:

1. Health enough to make work a pleasure.

2. Money enough to support your needs.

3. Strength enough to battle your difficulties and overcome them.

4. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.

5. Patience enough to work until some good is accomplished.

6. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbors.

7. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.

8. Faith enough to make real the things of God.

9. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.

Notice how practical Goethe's keys are. Notice also how spiritually motivated most of them are. But how do we acquire enough strength, grace, patience, love, and so on to find contentment? The Bible gives us many important clues to finding abiding happiness. Here are a few:

Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord (Psalm 144:15).

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom (Proverbs 3:13).

He that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he (Proverbs 14:21).

Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he (Proverbs 16:20).

Blessed [happy] are the poor in spirit [humble] (Matthew 5:3).

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full. (John 15:11).

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