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The Art of Happiness. 

You can’t pursue happiness and catch it. Happiness comes upon you unawares while you are helping others. The philosophy of happiness is pointedly expressed in the old Hindu proverb, which reads: “Help they brother’s boat across, and lo! Thine own has reached the shore.”

Happiness is like perfume—you can’t spray it on others without getting some one yourself.

Happiness does not depend upon a full pocketbook, but upon a mind full of rich thoughts and a heart full of rich emotions.

Happiness does not depend upon what happens outside of you but on what happens inside of you; it is measured by the spirit in which you meet the problems of life.

Happiness is a state of mind. Lincoln once said: “We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.”

Happiness doesn’t come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.

The master secret of happiness is to meet the challenge of each new day with the serene faith that:

“All things work together for good to them that love God.”

~ Wilferd A. Peterson, The Art of Living

From Creation through the reign of conscience, on to the period of law, the Spirit worked among men upon occasion, convincing of sin, revealing the will of God, fitting for specific service to be rendered to God; but that was all. Pentecost, however, was a fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel. Peter, speaking to the assembled crowd concerning the sights which they had seen and the sounds which they had heard, said, in answer to a criticism from some in that crowd:

“Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and give ear unto my words. For these are not drunken, as ye suppose; seeing it is but the third hour of the day; but this is that which hath been spoken by the prophet Joel.”

~ G. Campbell Morgan, God’s Methods With Man

“You are too apt to feel that your religious experience must be the same as others have; but where will you find analogies for this? Certainly not in nature. God’s works do not come from his handle like coins from the mint. It seems as if it were a necessity that each one should be in some sort distinct from every alike; no two buds on one bush have the same unfolding nor do they seek to have.

I heard one man say to another: Did you have such awful feelings as you describe? I never had any such feelings; and I am afraid I am not a Christian. The other man says: You say that the moment you thought of religion you broke out into rupture; but I did not. I was two months without the dawn of the light, and I fear I am not a Christian. Each thinks he is not a Christian because he did not feel as the others did, one . . . because he did not feel joyous, the other . . . because he did not feel bad.”

~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me

The evident lessons of our study are two—first, human failure; second, Divine progress. Look where you will in human history, you find failure. The Fall and the Flood, Corruption and the Cross. Every time humanity is put upon a new footing it fails. Has God failed? Not once; everything has been preparatory and progressive. Let us retrace our steps. The Cross and all that it means was prepared for throughout Judaic history. This one nation of Israel learned, through battle and smoke, murmuring and forgiveness, captivity and deliverance, the great truth that there is but one God

~ G. Campbell Morgan, God’s Methods With Man (1898)

But this Prince of Peace promises not only peace, but strength. Some have thought His teachings fit only for the weak and the timid and unsuited to men of vigor, energy and ambition. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Only the man of faith can be courageous. Confident that he fights on the side of Jehovah, he doubts not the success of his cause. What matters it whether he shares in the shouts of triumph? If every word spoken in behalf of truth has its influence and every deed done for the right weighs in the final account, it is immaterial to the Christian whether his eyes behold victory or whether he dies in the midst of the conflict.

~ William Jennings Bryan, The Prince of Peace

Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The LORD has removed the judgment against you,
he has turned away your enemies;
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
you have no further misfortune to fear.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
He will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals.

~ Zephaniah  3:14-18A

It may be a slow process—this conversion of the world by the silence influence of a noble example, but it is the only sure one, and the doctrine applies to nations as well as to individuals. The Gospel of the Prince of Peace gives us the only hope that the world has—and it is an increasing hope—of substitution of reason for the arbitrament of force in the settlement of international disputes.

But Christ has given us a platform more fundamental than any political party has ever written. We are interested in platforms; we attend conversations, sometimes traveling long distances; we have wordy wars over the phraseology of various planks, and then we wage earnest campaigns to secure the endorsement of these platforms at the polls. But the platform given to the world by the Nazarene is more far-reaching and more comprehensive than any platform ever written by the convention of any party in any country. When He condensed into one commandment those of the ten which relate to man’s duty toward his fellows and enjoined upon us the rule, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” He presented a plan for the solution of all the problems that now vex society or may hereafter arise. Other remedies may palliate or postpone the day of settlement, but this is all sufficient and the reconciliation which it effects is a permanent one.

~ William Jennings Bryan, The Prince of Peace

The man who seeks mere possession of, apart from obedience to, truth, must fail in his quest. When God reveals Himself to man, obedience prepares for the reception of further and deeper revelations. In this connection we call to mind the declaration of our Lord, “The truth shall make you free”; and the words of His great intercessory prayer, “Sanctify them through Thy truth: They Word is truth.” It is not a point of indifference as to whether any given view be correct or not. It is of the utmost importance that we devoutly, humbly, and yet earnestly, search out the will of God in the truth of God. What, then, is the particular value of the study of Bible teaching concerning things to come? John, who had such clear understanding of the affinity between Jesus and the believer, says that the hope of the Church is to be the reason for, and the power of, purity of individual life in its members.

~ G. Campbell Morgan, God’s Methods With Man (1898)

But when you said to me, “I’m not good enough,” you had some belief or idea that some one, perhaps, some one a great deal better than you, could be “good enough” to be a Christian. You may even feel that you can and may, sometime, get to be good enough yourself. It is this notion first that I wish to drive out of your mind. Consider! Are not all reason and all Scripture against that notion? Jesus nowhere teaches us that we can be his disciples on account of being good. He often says if we have become his disciples we must and shall do good works. But you will search the Scriptures in vain seeking to find any endorsement of the idea that Jesus calls men to him or receives them because they are good. And it is easy to see that if he requires anything, he requires perfection; in order to be good enough, you must be perfect. But, even then, that does not make you a disciple.

~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me (1898)

Who shall tell what lies beyond the handing of the Kingdom to God? Did you ever dream that there must come in the endless and illimitable time—which is not time, but eternity—a moment of weariness, a sense of monotony? Nay, think also of endless space. The sensitized film reveals stars which no astronomer has ever examined. Reach the furthest limit thus marked, and space is still before you. God is there, as here, limitless and unexhausted; and where He is, is love. All the things of which we have spoken are but the passing of His breath. While God and Love live on, there never can come weariness to the children of His love. “And every one hath this hope set on Him, purifieth himself, as He is pure.”

~ G. Campbell Morgan, God’s Methods With Man (1898)