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Fresh Start Devotionals

Happiness For years I’ve said that God isn’t as concerned with our happiness as He is our character. Though I’m not prepared to take that truism back, I do want to revisit it and think it through a little more. Certainly it wouldn’t be correct to say that God is more concerned with our happiness than our character, but neither is it correct to say that He isn’t concerned about our happiness either. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived wrote, “And I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?” Eccles. 3:22 (NASB) So while I’m not willing to take back my previous statement, I don’t want to give the impression that happiness is a frivolous, unimportant thing in life. If given the choice between happiness and unhappiness, wouldn’t you rather be happy? I don’t know if you can hear the whistling in your ears as you read this, but as I’m writing it, I can hear the tune of …

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 24 LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING Words and Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1838–1876 Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) I do not ask for mighty words to leave the crowd impressed, But grant my life may ring so true my neighbors shall be blessed. I do not ask for influence to sway the multitude; Give me a “word in season” for the soul in solitude. —Unknown The lower lights surrounding a lighthouse guide the boats in the harbor away from the treacherous rocks and into the channel. The interesting analogy in this hymn was suggested to author and composer Philip P. Bliss as he listened to D. L. Moody tell a sermon anecdote about a pilot during a storm. “Brethren,” concluded Mr. Moody, “the Master will take care of the great lighthouse. Let us keep the lower lights burning.” Bliss, as he often did, immediately put this challenging thought into a hymn. He usually worked rapidly, completing both th…