Warm Happy Thoughts

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9)

Happiness is a warm puppy.

Happiness if finding someone you like at the front door.

Happiness is getting together with your friends.

Happiness is the hiccups…after they’ve gone away.

Happiness is a fuzzy sweater.

Happiness is finding the little piece with the pink edge and part of the sky and the top of the sailboat.

Happiness is walking in the grass in your bare feet.

I happened to think of the phrase tonight, “Happiness is a Warm Puppy”. It is the title of a little book by Charles Shultz, the cartoonist who did Peanuts. The book is illustrated with the various Peanuts’ characters, Linus, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the like, acting out these little phrases, each of which begins, “Happiness is…” It fits with the thought I had that each day has joy in it, if we only look for it: that in the midst of even the worst things, there are things to be thankful for, or things that can give us pleasure, and usually those things are simple things, like walking in the grass, or eating an ice cream cone, or getting a cup of Starbuck’s coffee, or watching a bird whistling on a branch.

Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.
Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
(Psalm 27)

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm a deacon at Quartz Hill Community Church. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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