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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

IS ANYBODY HAPPY?

Theodore Leopold Friedman, better known as Ted Lewis was an American entertainer, bandleader, singer, and musician, He was known by the moniker "Mr. Entertainment" or Ted, "Is Everybody Happy?" Lewis. His’ genre was multifaceted in as much he did Dixie land, jazz. Popular songs and the movies, but over and over he would say “Is everybody happy?”

Today the question is; “Is anybody happy?”

How about the political arena, is everybody happy?

Surely in the area of religion everybody is happy or are they? You have the choice of being a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or one of the many hundreds of religions through out the world.

Within the Christian faith there are hundreds of choices from almost no belief to the other extreme of cloister.

Is there happiness to be found within the education system? Hmmm, I doubt it unless they have tenure.

Now here is the place where happiness prevails; “On the job,” everybody is happy there. Everyone is happy with their fellow workers, working conditions, hours, wages, and all other perks.

Self employed people are happy with all the regulations by the government and the threat of being fined and put in jail for an offence.

Everyone is happy with all the government officials and their policies.

Everybody is happy with their house, car and furniture and their TV, computer and other electronics they are paying on.

Everybody is happy with their mate, kids and relatives.

In the Bible being happy is often associated with suffering hardship and affliction;

James 5:10-11 Take, my brothers, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure.

Being happy is a product of circumstances, as circumstances change, our happiness also changes with it.

Paul said; I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

We find a different outlook, Contentment - - 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Paul didn’t worry about happy, he found contentment and that was his main stay in every situation.
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