Sent:  October 18, 2001

Subject:  Don’t Worry…Be Happy!

Good Morning Again to all My Wonderful Family:

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Philippians 4.  Just several verses as a sampling…

“Always be full of joy (differs from happiness…you can have joy even if you are not in a present state of “happiness”) in the Lord (v4)…DON’T WORRY about anything; instead, PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (vv 6-7)

“Fix your thoughts on what is TRUE and HONORABLE and RIGHT.  Think about things that are PURE and LOVELY and ADMIRABLE.  Think about things that are EXCELLENT and WORTHY OF PRAISE…and the God of peace will be with you.” (v 8)

“…I (Paul & hopefully each one of us) have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” (vv 12-13)

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply ALL your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (v 19)

In short, God is telling us:  DON’T WORRY about ANYTHING…but PRAY about EVERYTHING!

Don’t Worry…Be Happy…Experience God’s Peace.  Wow!

Enjoy the day…

With my love,