Be Happy! You are in the Father’s Hands
Almost done with the first book of my fantasy series, “The Book of The Mejuar,” I want to thank God and testify of His awesomeness. He has put a new book in my heart and given me the strength and endurance to keep writing. This middle age fantasy series has lots of unique races, which I have created in my own mind with the help of the Holy Spirit, dragons, sprites, cute animals, and humans. I want to invite you to join in on the journey as Bracket, a precious baby mejuar falls to earth leaving his family and loved ones, as he learns about love, life, and helps a young boy once again regain his faith. It so exciting to think about the cover and how it will represent the subject matter of the book, which is so very important; presentation is a big part of everything in our lives.
Our food needs to gives a presentation of deliciousness, thus enticing us to want to eat it. Colleges produce exciting videos and colorful brochures trying to encourage our young ones to attend them. The worldwide web; so much time goes into the presentation of blogs, pages, and sites to get us to visit them and become a part of what they are offering. Our clothing also provides an introduction to who we are. Whether we chose to wear sneakers, jeans, and tees, dress to the nines in expensive designs, or wear ultra revealing garments, every time we step out into the public people develop an opinion about who they believe we are.
The presentation that I find the most important however is the attitude. Do you always present yourself as mean and sour, sad and depressed, ultra bubbly, serious about life, or just too darn self-important to even to relate to anyone, not in your social circle. Our attitudes define us and who others think we are. As in our dress, whether we want to portray a particular image or not, honestly sometimes our initial meeting with others does not present a very godly character.
A friend of mine, whenever I see her, she always says “God is good sister,” which is an excellent statement to hear because I feel that this is another person that has faith and belief in God. So the report itself lifts up my heart, but then in the next couple of sentences she speaks so many words of unbelief about her poor health, her loneliness, and the horrors of her life; she does not make me believe that God is good. The whole appearance or presentation which she gives off is one of sadness and depression. The point to this is, if I did not know God and personally know that He is good, I would question the goodness of her God. If God is so good then why are you as broken as you appear to be. You tell me God is good, but I don’t see it when I am with you.
Frankly, this type of Christian presentation is not good at all. I can remember as teenager, still attending faithless, dead churches, I would say to myself, “Why do I want to serve God? He does not help us, he is going to hurt us for the fun of it, and He is just plain mean.” I felt, at least if I put my life in my own hands, I could make lots of money, have my own worldly fun, and be happy. This I did, by the way, but that is a new story, for another time.
The way others see us as Christians is significant because we should want to increase the kingdom of God. As believers in Christ, we want the world to know how good God is and by the suffering and death of Jesus, there is always hope even when humankind has thrown us away. God wants us to be a light that shines in the darkness, and He wants us always to be able to give a testimony of hope in the goodness of Go .
Matt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
There will always be times when things go wrong; we don’t get an answer to our prayers right away, we lose a loved one, our finances are limited, and we don’t have enough, or life just sucks. Unfortunate events happen to all of us; we live upon an ungodly earth. Jesus even told us that there would be tribulations, but he also told us not to fear because the Father was with us. There are no pains or problems that we are going through that God is not aware of, and when we place our troubles in His lap, He willingly takes them and goes out to battle on our behalf. I can see Him now, commanding the angels to go to work for us.
Daniel 10:11 “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.”
Smile although you might not feel like it, laugh although your heart is aching, give a bit of kindness although you feel no joy, and help someone although you might feel weak. God loves you.
John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled….”
Matt 6:25-26 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”