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   Published 2-22-10
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John Piper, Charles Spurgeon, Brother David Steindl-Rast,
Abdu'l-Bahá, Edwin P. Whipple, Leo Tolstoy, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette


Dear Readers,

To enjoy something is to take delight in it. Notice that enjoyment requires
action on our part! We can't sit like a slug and feel entitled to enjoyment:
it's not something one can put on like a sweater. To enjoy life, we have
to be fully present in each moment, first of all. Otherwise, how is it even
possible to notice the beauty and blessings? Second, a humble heart is
requisite, lest we try and take credit for our lives. Third, there is a strong
element of spiritual discipline to enjoying life. Hedonism is not truly en-
joying life - it's ultimately avoiding life. No, true enjoyment of life entails
mirroring the gracious glory of the Lord back towards heaven through
our joy, our service and our gratitude, our steadfast faithfulness to Him.

I love this terrific Chinese proverb: "A man without a smiling face must
not open a shop." How true! We communicate joy though our expression
of en-joy-ment. Our happiness draws people into the "shop" of our lives.
As we enjoy our life, others will want to have what they see we possess.

- Lisa

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The enjoyment of God above all else is the deepest way that
God's glory is reflected back to him. The enjoyment of God
terminates on God alone and is not performed as a means
to anything else. It is the deepest reverberation in the
heart of man of the value of God's glory.

John Piper (1946 - )
Reformed Baptist minister and author
Courtesy of Desiring God


It is not how much we have, but how
much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)
British Baptist preacher and author


The root of joy is gratefulness...
It is not joy that makes us grateful;
it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

Brother David Steindl-Rast (1926- )
Austrian-American Catholic theologian and author

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O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit.
Purify my heart. Illumine my powers.
I lay all my affairs in Thy hand.
Thou art my Guide and my Refuge.
I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved;
I will be a happy and joyful being.
O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety,
nor will I let trouble harass me.
I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.
O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself.
I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

Abdu'l-Bahá (1844-1921)
Eldest son of the founder of Bahá'í faith


Cheerfulness in most people, is the rich
and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.

Edwin P. Whipple (1819-1886)
American author


Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service,
and have a definite object in life outside themselves.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910)
Russian philosopher and novelist

The Last Word:

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1872-1954)
French novelist































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

No call alligator long mouth 'till you pass him.

Jamaican proverb


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