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“I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?””‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭2:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I remember when I chased after nothing but fun and pleasure. Going out to bars, drinking, partying, going home with strange men to meet my ‘true love’. I thought those things would make me happy. But the more I chased the things of this world, the more miserable I became until the only way for me to ‘be happy’ was to be drunk. All the time. 

Then I met Jesus. I found true happiness in him. Serving others became more important than serving myself. Being generous, lending a hand, giving back instead of always taking is my priority now. In chasing after the things of the Lord my life has become whole. 

I’m so thankful he found me again. 

Happy Thursday!

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The other day I found myself in a bit of a pickle. After hiking what should have been just 14.7 miles but was in reality 16.5 miles, all I wanted was a ride to a gas station so I could call Uber. I just needed to be on a street with a cell phone signal. 

I was passed by a dozen cars as I tried to flag someone down. Finally, a beat up white car stopped. I was so grateful! I ran to the car and jumped in. It took an act of kindness and generosity to stop for me, a stranger. But when Joe from Arkansas heard about my adventure and where my car was, he went above and beyond and drove me all the way. What an example of generous behavior! He did it out of kindness, not expecting anything in return. 

Sadly, our nation has become so independent, so self focused, we’ve lost the art of community. 

I want to be like Joe. Willing to help someone out for the pure sake of helping a person out. 

Happy Thursday!

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