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“Happiness comes when what happens is favorable to us.”

A thought by Leonard Sweet, (2012-01-03) from his book, I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth,and Life of Following Jesus (p. 114). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to to buy the book.)
But what if it becomes unfavorable to us?  Leonard goes on to say, “When circumstances at the surface of our lives are unfavorable, happiness leaves. It has a brief shelf life; it comes and goes rapidly. Joy is far different. It doesn’t fluctuate according to its surface surroundings. In fact, it can actually flourish in the midst of pain and suffering.”
But we strive for happiness when it is joy that we really need.  Leonard says, “Our culture, it seems, is convinced that happiness can be purchased. Materialism, consumerism, and individualism have blended to form a hollow chocolate bunny within the American dream. Overpromising and underdelivering, the individual pursuit of happiness has catapulted the US to number one status as the most depressed and medicated nation in the…

“Jesus wasn’t looking for leaders at all. Jesus was looking for followers.”

A thought by Leonard Sweet, (2012-01-03) from his book,I Am a Follower: The Way, Truth, and Life of Following Jesus (p. 20). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.(Click on the title to go to to buy the book.)

I have been challenged by Leonard Sweet back to his first books on the church.He brings things into focus and this thought does it for me again.
He shares, “Leadership is a functional position of power and authority. Followership is a relational posture of love and trust.”And somehow it is imperative in our walk with Him to see that He is the leader and we are the follower.The disciples show us how that worked.They were chosen by Him just as we are and they accepted His call as we should and they walked and watched and followed Him wherever He went.And that could be where our problem starts.
I mean they saw Him in person.They could talk to Him, ask Him questions, watch Him but now we say that we don’t have that ability so we look to be or look for others to be that physical pres…