On the road of life there are many conundrums. These complex problems confuse us with no apparent clear solutions.

We know that we were made to share in the Divine joy and happiness here on earth. But then Jesus tells us to, “Deny yourselves. Take up your cross and follow me.”

Are we suppose to be happy or not? What are we to strive for? How do we do both?

This seems like a perplexing problem with no clear “one answer”.

But God would not put us into a situation with no way out!

Now as everyone in Jesus’ day understood, “cross” means simply meaning the true work of the day,” which is the opposite of busy work or just hanging around.

And how do we know what the true work of the day is? Our gifts tell us, our circumstances tell us. And the Spirit speaks the word directly to our hearts. If we are listening, we will know each day what our true work is and our joy will come from doing it.

If you want to be happy, Jesus says, “take up your cross.” Don’t run away from your life’s work or from the true work of the day. Turn toward it. Engage it. Give your whole self to it.

Living that way has its price. But the spirit guiding our lives will give us what we need as we need it. The alternative, running away from our life’s work and betraying our gifts, will in the end bring only pain.

Jesus’ advice is relax in the Lord. Forget yourself and your fears. Hand over your life to the Holy Spirit inside you and then, with the freedom and energy that only the Sprit can give, spend your life, – every last drop of it – spend your life on the good work our Father has given you.

Happiness will follow as surely as day follows night. Happiness will follow.

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  1. Thank you. This message came at an important time. You are so precious.

    Mary Contreras

    • Hi Mary, Thanks for your kind words. Hope they give some inspiration and hope as you travel on your wonderful journey! Blessings to you.

  2. Love this, Patty!

    • A great way to start the day! Thank you Patty

      • Hi Kim….off to a good start. You always spread so much joy…I appreciate your comment. Blessings to you.

    • Hi Carey, I try to share “some thoughts along the way”…sometimes it gets very confusing!!! Thanks for your comment.

  3. Hi Patty,
    Today’s message was particularly profound to me, although each week I find something special in your message. You surely help keep “life” in perspective! Thank you always!

    • Hi LaVonne, Thanks for your kind words. I’m so glad that my words help you keep you perspective in life. As you well know, how difficult that becomes and I think we can all help each other. Blessings to you…


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