by J. Gerald Harris

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How to Have a Happy Hereafter (1 of 4)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
John 14:15-21

This morning I am beginning a sequence of messages under the general theme: "Don't Worry -- Be Happy!" Do you ever find yourself wringing your hands over the perplexities of life? Just remember that in two days tomorrow, with all of its worries, will be yesterday. Maybe that is why today is called the "present" -- it's a gift!

And remember this: "Blessed is the man who is too busy to worry in the daytime, and too sleepy to worry at night."

So don't worry -- be happy! A couple of months ago I mentioned that I enjoy reading Barbara Johnson's books. Now, her books are written primarily for women, but I find them very refreshing. She has written a book entitled "Pain is Inevitable, But Misery is Optional, So Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy!" And her chapter titles are just as interesting as the titles of her books. The third chapter of her "Geranium" book is entitled: "It's Always Darkest Just Before It Goes Totally Black." And in this chapter she says, "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." And she says, "One family out of 500,000 lost a son in Vietnam...we are one of those families. One family out of every 800 has a child killed by a drunken driver...we experienced that too. Statistics say that one family out of every 10 will have a homosexual child...and in 1975 we found out that our son, Larry, was homosexual. For eleven years after that Larry lived a homosexual lifestyle. But in May of 1986 he went to an advanced seminar for Basic Youth Conflicts and recommitted his life to Christ and was delivered from the homosexual lifestyle." Barbara tells about this remarkable conversion in the last chapter of her book and entitles that chapter, "My Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades."

Well, Christ can take your trouble and change it into a treasure. Your sorrow can be exchanged for joy, not just a momentary smile, but a deep new joy.

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