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The Chinese Cookie
We celebrated New Year's Day by going to a Chinese restaurant. I don't
usually eat the fortune cookie but I do break it open for the message. Mine
said, "Today is a lucky day for those who remain cheerful and optimistic."
Might I add that any day is a great day for people who are cheerful and
optimistic. Pretty much the same things happen to everyone during the
course of a life and whether or not we have a good life or a rotten life
depends very much upon our attitude. We can put a positive or negative spin
on most everything. Unlike the grave marker that read, "See, I told you so!"
we can come to the end of the road with our cup full and running over.
Solomon wrote, "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by
sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. . . .All the days of the afflicted are
evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast." Proverbs 15:13,
15. Don't you love the imagery of the continual feast? Actually most of us
are on a continual diet but that indicates we live in extremely abundant land.
Now we don't want to pretend that bad things don't happen. Sure they do. If
we live long enough, we can and will suffer major losses. It is inevitable.
The end result of those losses is up to us. It is even up to us if we live
forever or not. God presents the gift and we get to choose whether or not to
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