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July 20, 2015, 2:25 PM

A Recipe for Being Happy

                        

 

 

    A Recipe for Being Happy

 

   Every Wednesday I take the “Mini” page from the Ardmoreite, cut out the cartoon that contains about a dozen items to find, and I send it to our grandson over there in Florida. He is six-years-old and has been receiving these letters from me for about 3 years. I write a letter and include a one dollar bill and it has brought me great happiness to be able to have this kind of long-distance communication with him! About a year ago I asked our grandson to count out ten of those dollar bills and give them to his litter sister and after a pause on the phone, he said: “Papa, I don’t think I can do that!”

    Now our son and daughter-in-law are telling me that the three-year-old sister is watching her big brother open letters every week and they can tell that she wants to get in on the act. So, last week I started sending a letter, dollar bill, and a less busy picture for her to color. And our daughter and son-in-law in southern Florida have a three-year-old also. So, now I’m sending her the same as her three-year-old cousin, except, of course, the letter is personalized. Three letters, three dollar bills, three different people every week … what happiness that brings to all of us!

   I know our children spend as much time as they can with their children and I can only hope that these letters are one way of helping them spend time together, especially reading my letters doing the cartoons together! I also believe that if you want to hit a home run with your family, you need to be open 24/7. That means you are available anytime and every time your kids want to interact with you. It also means that you stay open-minded and your ears are tuned to listen. I might be “out on a limb without a paddle” as my daddy use to say, but if more parents would stay open-minded and had ears that are tuned to listen, we might have less problems with some of our youth and young adults in this country!

   I found a recipe for being happy in my daily Bible reading that other day that includes the title for this article. It’s from the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Philippians and it says, “I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am” (Philippians 4:13, The Message).  Give that One a try in the warp-and-woof of being family.

Dr. Rick Baggett is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ardmore (the church with the bells) and can be reached at: rbgoodnews@yahoo.com


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