Are You Happy, Happy, Happy? - 2014 NHSFR Devotion #3

At our trick riding schools I like to have the kids warm up in the practice pen by having them work through a handful of basic tricks at a standstill and then spend a few minutes doing a slick saddle stand (this is a trick where you stand on the saddle seat without the aid of any straps).  It is a great trick to teach the kids patience, endurance and balance.  After a few years of subjecting the kids to this a few of them got so good that I decided I should make it a little more difficult so I started having them quote memory verses while standing on the horse.  

On one occasion I had the kids read one of my favorite verses...Psalm 144:15.  This is what the young man read, "Deliver me from the hands of strange children."

That was not the verse that I was shooting for and certainly not the ideal verse to use when in the midst of youth ministry.  Needless to say we all had a good laugh that morning.

The camper accidentally read Psalm 144:11.  Psalm 144:15 says, "happy are those people, of whom this is true...happy are those people who's God is the Lord."

Because of Duck Dynasty, the phrase "happy, happy, happy" has become a household saying.  The truth is, if you have trusted the Lord, we've got every reason to be feel blessed and happy. You've got a Father who loves you and wants to bless you and at the end of the day, you know what your future holds.  

If you are going through life in a constant state of misery...you need to check your heart and trust in the Lord.  If you have, then let your face know what your heart has decided and smile once in a while.

Here's a picture from the 2014 Flat Tops RBC of the infamous "Slick Saddle Stand Torture."

Here's a picture from the 2014 Flat Tops RBC of the infamous "Slick Saddle Stand Torture."