Many people think the secret of happiness is acquiring things that make you happy. Research shows happiness is not a pile of stuff, but a state of mind. One expert says to be happy we should offer others warmth and humor, be cheerful and practice smiling, be compassionate and grateful for what we have. In 1 Peter CH. 3, the Apostle Peter offers God’s wise counsel that leads to a fulfilled life. He writes, “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you do, and he will bless you for it. For the Scriptures say, ‘If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.'” Peter confirms that the secret of contentment is not in the abundance of things we acquire, rather it is being grateful for the things God does for us and in our being kind to others.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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