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The Secret ... pass it on!

The story is told of two women. The first woman always seemed effervescent and happy, although she had faced struggles in her life. Her long-awaited marriage had quickly ended in divorce. Then she struggled to get a grip on her single life. She hadn't chosen it, but she decided she would live it with utmost enjoyment and satisfaction. The first woman enjoyed getting to know a second woman whose countenance brightened up whenever they met and greeted with a hug.

The second woman was active in Sunday school, the choir, a leader of the junior high girls' group, and on the church governing committee. They enjoyed knowing each other.

One day the second woman asked, "How is it that you are always so happy --- you have so much energy, and you never get down?"

With her eyes smiling, her answer was, "I know the secret!"

"What secret is that? What are you talking about?" said the second woman.

"I'll tell you all about it, but you have to promise to share the 'secret' with others."

They agreed, "Okay, now what is it?"

"The secret is this: I have learned there is little I can do in my life that will make me truly happy. I must depend on God to make me happy and meet my needs. When a need arises in my life, I have to trust God to supply according to HIS riches. I have learned most of the time I don't need half of what I think I do. HE has never let me down. Since I learned this secret Iím released to be happy in whatever circumstance I face."

The second woman thought, that's too simple! But upon reflecting over her own life recalled how she thought a bigger house would make her happy --- but it hadnít! She thought a better-paying job would make her happy --- but it hadn't. When did she realize her greatest happiness? While sitting on the floor with her grandchildren --- eating pizza and watching a good TV program--- a simple gift from God.

The first woman knew the secret --- the second woman learned the secret --- and now you know it too. Pass it on!

Prayer: Father help me to tell everyone that my happiness is anchored in you and not the acquisition of stuff. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

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