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The Joy of Contentment

“There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. ‘For whom am I toiling,’ he asked, ‘and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?’ This too is meaningless— a miserable business!” – Ecclesiastes 4:8 There’s a story I like to think about, and though it’s apocryphal, I believe it sums up perfectly the state in which many of us spend our lives. The tale goes that a very wealthy, Harvard-educated businessman was vacationing in a little village in Mexico. One morning, as he was sitting on the beach, he saw a fisherman approach with a boat full of yellowfin tuna. He complimented the man on his catch, and since it was only 11:00 a.m., he inquired as to whether or not he was done working for the day. When he indicated

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Embrace Joy!

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:11 Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a joyful person, and I get told that…a lot. I tend to go around whistling; in fact, someone said that I come with an announcement because I always seem to be chirping a tune. I don’t hear myself doing it, but when I enter a building or a room, people know I’m there. I’m also a smiling and silly person — I enjoy living, and it’s not uncommon to hear comments (sometimes sideways) about my happiness. While some may feel that it’s superficial or “over-the-top,” I can say for certain that it’s not, because I have a reason to be glad! Every day, I wake up overwhelmed by the goodness of God and by what

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