Signs of the Times

Topic: Keeping Our Joy

[J. L. Newland, in the Frederick Leader, Oklahoma]

A woman noted for her constantly joyful attitude toward life, who has made a notable success in her career, was asked how it was that she was able to maintain her good cheer and happiness under all conditions. She replied that there were three things she did every day. The first of these was to memorize some beautiful bit of writing—perhaps a few lines of poetry, or a passage of Scripture. The second was to look for something good. The third was to do something for someone else. "But these must all be done every day," she said. "Don't miss a day."

Jesus of Nazareth, who taught and lived a life of happiness in spite of the fact that he is sometimes referred to as the "man of sorrows," sought to make his disciples understand that it was much more important for them to have command of themselves, to keep their minds filled with good thoughts and their hearts warm with pure joy, and their hands busy with good works, than that they should be known as successful men and women, as the world counts success. ...

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August 26, 1939

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