Today I am continuing to read Exodus. As I begin chapter 20. Moses is climbing up Mt. Sinai to receive the 10 commandments. I stop in my tracks- COMMANDMENTS?????!!!!??? God???!!!??? REALLY???? Now THAT surely DOES NOT sound very loving!!!! I halted my reading at that point and prayed.... I NEEDED help from God! I needed Him to SHOW me His love in this! Commandments???!!!??? The word alone makes me visualize a very strict, UNLOVING dictator of some sort- I DO NOT want to visualize my Lord as a DICTATOR!!! Obviously, He didn't want that either, so He led me to GOOGLE "keys to happiness". Guess what I found? Website after website- each one listing the 10 KEYS to HAPPINESS!!! Notice, they each had 10!!!! 10 keys to happiness- 10 commandments.... see the irony???!!!??? It made me giggle!!! GOD IS SO GOOD!!!! He is and was the ORIGINAL author of HAPPINESS!! Before I tell you what the Google websites said- I want you to think about the THEMES of the 10 commandments- the major themes are: Loving God before anything else, Loving each other by keeping HEALTHY relationships, and Loving ourselves by taking a day to rest and reflect. Now I am going to share one website I found. I am only choosing ONE to cite, but there were MANY others- they all stated basically the SAME "Happiness Keys"........ These are from http://www.actionforhappiness.org/10-keys
MEANING Be part of something bigger
GIVING Do things for others
RELATING Connect with people
EXERCISING Take care of your body
APPRECIATING Notice the world around
TRYING OUT Keep learning new things
DIRECTION Have goals to look forward to
RESILIENCE Find ways to bounce back
EMOTION Take a positive approach
ACCEPTANCE Be comfortable with who you are
Now HERE are the 10 Commandments:
The 10 Commandments List, Short Form
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
Do you SEE the connections in the Commandments????
One, two, and three- directly lead us to MEANING
Four leads us to better health and emotional well being- which is related to EXERCISE and EMOTION- we are not exercising per say on the Sabbath, BUT we ARE taking care of our health by resting and reflecting.
Six, seven, eight, and nine lead us to healthy relationships- which is RELATING.
And 10 guides us to be content- which ties in with ACCEPTANCE!!!!!
AREN'T THE CONNECTIONS AMAZING TO YOU?????!!!!????
GOD LOVES US!!!! We ARE His children!!!! He is giving US His SECRETS TO HAPPINESS!!!!!
Instead of looking at Him as a DICTATOR, I am now looking at Him as a WISE, LOVING Father. I picture myself sitting on His lap, rocking in a rocking chair. He has me cuddled up in a blanket and He is telling me stories and TEACHING me things.... He is TEACHING me HOW TO BE HAPPY!!!! OUR FATHER is so AMAZING!!!