STOP AND THINK – The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. (Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century American clergyman and social reformer)

We often want to be lifted out of the ordinariness of life. So we sometimes look for the unusual, even the spectacular to make us happy: fireworks on the 4th of July, summer concerts in the park, or the county fair—attractions that do bring momentary happiness. But lasting joy is usually found in how we accept and use the common experiences of life.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)