HOW TO GROW OLD AND STILL BE HAPPY
Happy parents bring up happy children. Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Each child born in this old sinful world needs and deserves to be happy. He can and will be happy when parents are happy and do their job right. Ephesians 6:4 "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the LORD." Proverbs 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4 are to be practiced by the parents.
The way our children are to be trained and brought is found in Galatians 5:22. They are to be brought up and trained in LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE, against such there is no law. This is the happy way. When happy parents train and bring up their children according to Pro. 22:6, Gal. 5:22, and Eph 6:4, they will be happy.
HAPPY CHILDREN DO THEIR JOB
When parents do their job right, then the children have a great privilege and responsibility! Ephesians 6:1-3 "OBEDIENCE" Vs. 1 "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right." "HONOR" Vs. 2 "Honor they father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;" "PROMISE" Vs 3 "That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."
My subject is "How To Grow Old And Still Be Happy!” The word still refers to childhood days.
Since I, Rashie Kennedy, am still happy at 92 years, I believe I can expose, expound, and express the subject from a personal and Biblical point of view.
There were 7 children. I was number 4 of the 7. Right in the middle. We might say the 3 older helped to bring me up
My parents were Rev. Robert Chancy Kennedy and Nannie Jackson Kennedy. They were dedicated to the Lord and to their family! They were happy Christians.
PRAYER & FAMILY ALTAR!
My father was a prayer warrior. When he prayed we knew he was talking to God. From the time I could hear and understand anything I heard him call my name in prayer. He prayed with us four times each day. This made a great impression on me. I have never gotten over it. That is why I'm here at 92 and still happy. That is why I'm able to write this article on being happy! My father was a great man of God, a great preacher of the Gospel; the Word of God!
I went with him and heard him preach. I've heard a lot of men preach but none like him! He needed no microphone, his voice was his microphone! Indoors or outdoors, he could be heard plainly!
When my father preached he would get happy. He would cry for joy or sometimes laugh right in the midst of his sermon. People would cry or laugh with him. They knew his message was from the LORD.
I have taught and preached the word of God since 1940. I have served as pastor of churches in North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Florida and Louisiana, but I have not found one Dad that prayed with his family like mine did, four times a day. It has been hard to find a Dad that prayed with his family one time a day.
I said to my home church on one occasion: "You men, fathers, if you do not pray with your family at least one time each day, you ought to be put in jail until you learn how to pray. Then pray with your family each day!!!"
Now! I'm happy! Old, as some would say, since I'm 92 years old.
My wife, Kathleen, suggested the following part.
CHILDREN GO ASTRAY
"Since I wrote out what the children are to do, let me now point out what they should not do. Galatians 5:16-21 and 2 Kings 2:23-24 are examples from the Bible. Verse. 24 "...and there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare (killed) 42 children..' who had MOCKED Elisha the prophet, the man of God.
Children brought up by unsaved parents will follow the crowd and do what the crowd does! Even the children of Christians, who bring their children up "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" will follow the crowd sometimes."
My parents brought us seven children up fight but my three brothers followed the crowd and took up the deadly habit of smoking. They died earlier as a result. They were taught not to smoke. Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Smoking is a death trap for our children and for all who smoke!!! World wide, average smokers die seven years earlier than non-smokers! Smoking would be in the LUST of the flesh.
NO, NO, NO's
For all parents, children and youth that want to grow old and still be happy plus go to Heaven, here is the list of No, No, No's.
Vs. 14 A "yes" verse "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
Vs. 15 - 21 are "no" verses, and are as follows"
"But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God".
These are the things that make all people unhappy. All these people are living in gross SIN. They cannot be happy. They are on their way to Hell!
So called Christians that do practice these things are deceived. A Christian cannot do any one of these things without getting hurt and hurting others of their associates.
Romans 12:1-2 is for every Christian, it needs to be learned by memory. It must be practiced on order to be happy. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, (see Gal. 5:16-21) but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." To be happy practice Galatians 5: 22-25.
Some references on being happy are: Deut. 33:29, 1 Kings lO:8, Ps. 127:5; 144:15; 146:5, Pro. 3:13; 14:21; 16:20; 28:14; 29:18, John 13:17, Rom. 14:22, 1 Peter 3:14: 3:14.
I have never joined a secret order. Why are they secret? It is because they don't want you to know until you get hooked. Then when you climb up to the highest degree they tell you the secret. But then you find out that you are in so deep that it is very difficult to get out. But in order to be truly happy, you must get out! Why? Because you find yourself deep into the lust of the flesh. Gal. 5:15-21. Living a happy life includes the fruit of the Spirit which is: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, MEEKNESS, FAITH and TEMPERANCE or SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things!
These things make for true happiness. By trusting Christ and serving Him we can be happy. Happiness is God's Will. We cannot serve two masters and be happy.
If we walk after the flesh: Gal. 5:14-21 we serve the Devil! Yes! Old Satan that takes people with him to HELL, also is unhappy!
If we walk after the Spirit: Gal. 5:22 we serve Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. He takes us to HEAVEN.
Not only do we shun Hell and go to Heaven, but we can live a happy life here on earth. We might think of it as "Heaven on earth"!!!
Rashie Kennedy Sr.
235 N. NC 41
Beulaville, NC 28518