The Secret to Happiness in 2017

Every year a guru of one sort or another comes along to share a great secret with the world.

ivegot-a-secretThe secret to health and long life . . .

The secret to amassing a fortune  . . .

The secret to looking 30 when you’re 70. So many secrets . . .

Since Adam and Eve vacated Eden people have been searching for the gateway back into the garden where no one worried about health, aging and money.

Jesus said, “I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.” John 10:9

The secret is out. Public knowledge. Jesus. No longer the babe in a manger. No longer on the cross. His work finished, completed, visible and attainable by everyone from billionaires on Wall Street to under-the-bridge dwellers. From castles to shanties, the secret is the same.

There’s trouble in the world . . . that’s no secret. We can’t bring peace to the whole world. Only Jesus will do that. But, we can decide to have peace in our humdrum daily lives. The secret?

Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the secret to all victory, peace and the ability to live a holy life.

This secret has been passed down through the centuries. It remains as true today as it was two thousand years ago.

Just before leaving earth Jesus said: “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

The best thing we can do in 2017 is to remind one another to keep our eyes on Jesus. He is the Gateway to happiness.

Helps to keep us focused on Jesus:

  • Buy a devotional, keep it handy and get in the habit of reading it every day – it can be an old and trusted one like Streams in the Desert or a recent publication like Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
  • Read the Bible daily – lately, I’ve fallen for the New Living Translation and I’m reading the New Testament and Psalms. The fresh language makes the well-known scriptures come alive again for me.
  • Take every problem to Jesus – express your needs to Him. He hears you – even when your prayers aren’t expressed audibly.
  • Choose a verse for the coming year, something that lingers after you’ve read it. At the start of 2016 a little phrase from Galatians 6:10 caught my attention: “be mindful to be a blessing . . .” I kept it close to my heart during the year, not that I was always a blessing,  but I was a blessing more often than I would’ve been without the echoing reminder of this verse.
  • Decide to follow Jesus.

This ancient secret of staying focused on Jesus can be yours for zero dollars down and no monthly payments at all. Ever. Tell everyone you can about it.

May the peace and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ fill your whole mind and soul in 2017.

cover One Good Word 2Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of many articles/stories and four books, includingbook cover One Good Word Makes all the Difference and Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children. Visit her website at: and her blogs Promises of Home and Listening to my Hair Grow.




About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at:
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