Monthly Archives: September 2012

Peanuts

Peanuts is one of my favorite comics. In recent newspaper frames, Snoopy has been dancing all around with his “happy feet.” Then Lucy yelled at him, “You’re not as happy as you thing you are! NOBODY could be that happy!” With that Snoopy stopped dancing and looked very disturbed, sighing, “Perhaps she’s right…”
How many times do we allow other people’s comments to drag us down? Whether it is, “you’re not as happy or smart or pretty or liked or whatever,” it is still only someone’s opinion.
Snoopy regained his joy by reasoning, “On the other hand, maybe I’ve set a new record!”
Snoopy was wise enough to look at criticism from another angle and continued his “happy dance.”
Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” When man’s words cause us concern, turning to God’s word will bring us comfort. Drawing closer to God in prayer and Bible study can bring joy to our hearts (and feet). He reminds us that we are His children, who He loves and cherishes.
The next frames of Peanuts show Snoopy resting and Lucy yelling, “You’re having a happiness let down! You were too happy for too many days, and now you’re having a let-down!” It is true that we may not be able to continue our “happy dance” for long periods of time, but our heart can remain filled with joy even if we are let-down.
Some people are just happy to see someone else unhappy. Don’t let them steal the joy God gave you.

How do you handle hurt feelings when someone says unkind things to you?

Remember

Yesterday was a time to remember the horror of September 11, 2001. Many photos and words were posted on Facebook saying that we will never forget the attack that took many American lives.
Remembering is a good thing when it helps us go forward with wisdom. Shock and pain can give us insight in which to face the future with courage and strength. We do not live in the past but neither do we forget it. Certain days remain in our memory; Pearl Harbor, and the days President Kennedy and Rev. King were killed. The attacks refocused our attention.
The church I attend offers communion each Sunday. Sharing the bread and the juice is a time to remember. None of us remembers the day of Jesus’ death but we know the reason. We are the reason.
That is why Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19) He died on the cross for each one of us. I cannot imagine what He went through and I do not dwell on the horror of it; but I do not forget.
Truly remembering goes beyond a particular day or symbol. The loss of lives should make us treasure life more dearly and strive to be more compassionate.

What can you do today to remind others of Jesus’ sacrifice?