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Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:17:59 -0800 (PST)
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Happiness in the eyes of DeKalb
 by John E. Werhan

While recently reading "The Life of Francis Marion" by
M.L. Weems, I came across a conversation between Major
General Johann DeKalb, General Francis Marion, General
Peter Horry and several of their subordinates that
reflected the mindset of these Revolutionary Generals.

General DeKalb, after noting his last visit to his
parents in France before coming to America, moved
General Marion to conclude, "...that there is more
happiness in low life than in high life; in a cottage
than in a castle." /1

At this, Marion asked DeKalb his opinion of this
matter. DeKalb said:

   "Why, gentlemen, since you have been so
   polite as to ask my opinion, I will as
   frankly give it, though I am afraid it will
   seem very odd, especially coming from a
   soldier. However, be that as it may, my
   opinion you have asked, and my opinion you
   shall have; which is, that religion is the
   only thing to make a man happy in cottages
   or courts."/2 

Many of the noted Generals of the American Revolution 
understood the importance of religion in the lives of 
individuals. This truism has not changed, if one is to 
truly find happiness it is imperative to understand 
that it is found in Christ Jesus.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus sets forth to
enumerate the foundational principles of true

   "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs
   is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those
   who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
   Blessed are the gentle, for they shall
   inherit the earth. Blessed are those who
   hunger and thirst for righteousness, for
   they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the
   merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
   Blessed are the pure in heart, for they
   shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers,
   for they shall be called sons of God.
   Blessed are those who have been persecuted
   for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is
   the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when
   people insult you and persecute you, and
   falsely say all kinds of evil against you
   because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your
   reward in heaven is great; for in the same
   way they persecuted the prophets who were
   before you" (Matthew 5:3-12). 

The word translated "blessed" that precedes each of
these foundational points can also be translated
"happy" from the original word. In essence if one
desires true happiness they must seek and apply this
foundation to their lives.

In our world today, individuals seek happiness in every
place but where it is truly found. Then they wonder why
they are not happy.

If you desire to find true happiness, you must begin in
the inspired word of God seeking his plan of
redemption. Then applying God's commands for salvation
by having your sins washed away in baptism (Mark 16:16;
Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:26-27;
Acts 10:47-48; Matthew 28:18-20).

Following that, we live a faithful life unto death
(Revelation 2:10b; 22:14). The New Testament is the
only guide to true happiness. Within its folds one
finds the way of salvation and the lifestyle that leads
to heaven.

It is my hope and prayer that you will seek God’s truth
for your true happiness.
1/ Weems, M.L. "The Life of General Francis
Marion" (Memoirs of General Peter Horry), Philadelphia,
1829, Project Gutenberg’s E-text of The Life of General
Francis Marion

John preachers for the The Northeast church of Christ
in Sentinel, Oklahoma.
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