___Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, the popular nursery rhyme, is from The Star by Jane
Taylor. This rhyme can help remind us to praise God and thank Him for His many
blessings every day. Although we should praise God in both happy and sad times, it is
often easier to remember to praise God when we are happy.
___One of the ways we can be happier is to have a good attitude (Phlp 2:5). For instance,
when we cooperate with others (do what we have to do with a smile and a willing heart),
we tend to be a lot happier than we would be if we grumbled about everything.
___Further, when we have a cooperative attitude, we are much nicer to be around.
People are also more likely to be friendly toward us. Parents, teachers and authorities are
happier with us when they know they can rely on us to do what is right and what needs to
be done without trouble (2 Cor 7:4).
___People who are trying to accomplish good things are more likely to want us on their
team if they know we are team players (those who work well with others).
___Generally, the happier others are around us, the more it multiplies our happiness. Then
we find it even easier to be thankful and praise God for His many blessings on us. So, put
on a happy smile and shine "like a diamond in the sky" for the Lord!
[Note: Remember, however, that you do not need to cooperate with others when
they want you to do bad things. That’s when you put your foot down and just say,
Eph 4:23 . . . be made new in the attitude of your minds . . . put on the new self,
created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Phlp 2:14-15 Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may
become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and
depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe
Ps 103:2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
[Note: P.S. Want to shine like the stars forever? There is another verse that goes
well with this picture:]
Dan 12:3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and
those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
Additional Reference Verses:
Phlp 2:5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
2 Cor 7:4 I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly
encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.
. . . praise him,
all you shining stars.
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