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Move over, Ben Franklin!

If one believes the proverb, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” then I ought to be doing pretty well right now.  Jet lag is luring me to bed way too early in the evening.  (My husband had to keep waking me up as we watched a documentary last night about diamonds.)  And in the morning I’m popping out of bed too early again.  (That’s why I’m writing a blog in the morning!)

But as for being healthy, wealthy, and wise—my Scripture reading just now reminded me of the real secret of success in all those areas:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
WISE:  Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
HEALTHY:  Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.
WEALTHY:  Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
Then he will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.  (Proverbs 3:5-10)

So, Benjamin Franklin, move over.  Here’s a better plan for success!

What Makes Happiness?

“The United Nations Human Development Index 2011 measures happiness in different countries based on factors such as income, education, health, life expectancy, economy, gender equality and sustainability.”  Norway, they say, is the happiest country.  The US is #4. (Source: CNN Travel website.)

Looking at the website, I don’t see the word “happiness.”  That seems to be an inference made by the CNN writer.  But assuming the viewpoint that these factors comprise happiness,what’s wrong here?  By these standards, Scrooge might have been a happy man, and definitely Bob Cratchit (father of Tiny Tim) would not be.  However, the reverse was actually true in that well-loved Christmas tale.

In this scheme, where are the following factors?

sense of purpose & fulfillment
contentment
solid loving relationships
respect
a clean conscience
commitment
And greatest of all, faith and hope in our Creator and Savior

If you had to choose between the first list (health, wealth, long life) and this second list, which do you think would make you happier?  And do the more “developed” countries really have a corner on happiness?  Having lived in both, I think not.

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