TODAY I ENTER INTO MY KINGDOM OF JOY, INTO MY INHERITANCE OF HAPPINESS
James Whitcomb Riley said: “As it’s give me to perceive, I most certainly believe, when a man’s glad plumb through, God’s pleased with him, same as you.” Jesus said that he came that we might have more life, not less. There is nothing in the thought of God that should produce sadness or depression; rather, it should be quite the reverse, because faith, conviction and love should give us such confidence and such a sense of security and faith in the good that our lives should run over with joy and we should indeed be able to sing: “Joy to the world, the Lord has come.”
Realizing that the Lord who is not far off but an inward, intimate Presence, closer to me than my very breath, I affirm that there is nothing in me that can doubt this Presence or limit the Power of Good. There is nothing in me that can separate myself from the love of God, the joy of living, and the Law of Good.
I affirm that this Divine Presence is leading me on the pathway of peace. It is directing my thoughts, my words and my actions into constructive channels of self-expression. It is uniting me with others in love, in kindness and in consideration. Therefore, today I accept the joy of life. In gladness I recognize the Kingdom of God that is within me. I know that today the Law of Good is bringing into my experience everything necessary to my happiness. And knowing there can be no good to myself alone, for God is in all people, I affirm for others that which I accept for myself.
Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker