[D]o you want to live a happy life? Though life is filled with blessings and challenges, the key to a happy life is much simpler than you think. Let me start with a story…
Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to get away to the local mountains in Big Bear with twelve Southern California worship leaders. Hosted by The Grove Center for the Arts & Media, we had three days of great meals, laughter, music and wonderful conversations about cultivating our lives in Christ. On the final day of our getaway, Sherri Alden, one of our Grove board members read this amazing quote by George Mueller. In this simple quote, I rediscovered what I’ve know for many years: The key to a happy and full and rich life is full surrender to God…a daily process that takes a lifetime! I hope you enjoy these inspiring words and share them with a friend today. Read on…
George Mueller writes…
I was converted in November of 1825, but I only came into the full surrender of the heart four years later, in July 1829. The love of money was gone, the love of place was gone, the love of position was gone, and the love of worldly pleasures and engagements was gone. God, God alone became my portion. I found my all in Him; I wanted nothing else. And by the grace of God this has remained, and has made me a happy man, an exceedingly happy man, and it led me to care only about the things of God. I ask affectionately, my beloved brethren, have you fully surrendered the heart to God, or is there this thing or that thing with which you have taken up irrespective of God? I read a little of the scriptures before, but preferred other books; but since that time the revelation He has made of Himself has become unspeakably blessed to me, and I can say from my heart, God is an infinitely lovely Being. Oh, be not satisfied until in your own inmost soul you can say, God is an infinitely lovely Being!”
As I read these words, I couldn’t, but help ask myself a number of questions. You might be asking yourself as well…
• Is God alone my portion?
• Or are my greater affections money, my home, my position, or worldly pleasures? Dang, just fill in the blank___________!
• Have I found my all in God? Do I want nothing else or something more…just a little more to hedge my bets?
• Am I exceedingly happy because of the joy I’ve discovered in full surrender to God? Do my wife, children, friends and the world around me see this exceeding happiness? (Really now?)
• What “this thing or that thing” has taken up residence in my heart irrespective of God?
• Okay, I LOVE to read! But, does the voice of God revealed in his scriptures, his word to me spoken as a friend, capture my heart above all other books, magazines and journals?
• How often do I wonder in awe, “God is an infinitely loving Being”?
• How can I make that my prayer today, “God, you are an infinitely loving Being!”
And so, as you can see, Mueller’s words really messed with me. They pushed me a bit farther down the path of walking with Jesus. I think Jesus makes this happiness thing a whole lot simpler than we make it. “Walk with me” is the first step to full surrender.
Walk with Jesus and the surrender stuff takes care of itself. It’s not your Herculean efforts or mine.
It is his grace moving through us one step at a time.
And then we take another step…and another…and another…
(If you’d like to know about the life of George Mueller, an incredible man of prayer, you might like George Mueller: Man of Faith and Miracles. Amazon affiliate link)
Questions: How do Mueller’s speak to your heart? What is your response to his words?
I’d love your thoughts and comments.
Photo Credit: Jan Jacobsen, Wikimedia Commons.