The Happy Christian
Summary: We are a negative-minded society. The worse the news the more it captures our attention. We love the bad statistics. We focus a lot harder on the hypocrites in our church rather than the earnest Christians. We're tight fisted, horribly prejudiced and lousy encouragers. And then we wonder why we feel so miserable. David Murray has written a book for us and we need its message to start permeating our homes, our churches and our lives. This book has 10 chapters that talk about 10 areas of our lives where we could improve the joy factor in our lives. To be clear, this is NOT another popular self help, 10 steps to feel better program. We're talking Scripture infused counsel to live the happy, purposeful life God intended for us.
Personal Thoughts: Another book by David Murray and of course, it's great! This book is on the more practical side, making it very readable for almost anyone. 3 chapters really stood out for me: Happy Church which discussed our relationship with other Christians, Happy Salvation which talks about what it means to live with the realization that the work of salvation is DONE, and the Conclusion which I found very encouraging in the face of a world filled with trials and difficulty.
Quote: "Whatever you will complete or not today, rest in the only work that will never need to be done again. Rest in the fact that Jesus has done the most impossible job in the world, done it perfectly, and made it available. Take it. Enjoy it. Build your life on it.
And as you reset your alarm clock at the end of each day of incomplete lists and unfinished business, rest again in Christ's 'It is finished.' The most important work has been done and covers all our laziness, all our foolishness, all our time wasting, all our bad decisions, all our temper tantrums, all our losses, all our inabilities, all our everything.
Christ offers us His perfect CV and says, 'Take this, and put your name on it. It is yours. Let this satisfy you. Let this fulfill you. Let this 'happify' you. Let this calm your mornings and soothe your evenings!
It is finished!' " --pg. 58,59