Just Be Glad, Christian D Larson
ALL things respond to the call of rejoicing; all things gather where life is a song. This
is the message of the new order, the new life and the new time. It is the golden text
of the great gospel of human sunshine. It is the central truth of that sublime
philosophy of existence, which declares that the greatest good is happiness, and that
heaven is here and now. To live in the spirit of this wonderful message ; to be a
living example of this great gospel, to work out in everyday life the principle of this
inspiring philosophy, the first and most important thing to do, is to lay aside our
sorrows and glooms, and just be glad.
Wherever you are, or whatever has happened, just be glad. Be glad because you are
here. You are here in a beautiful world; and all that is beautiful may be found in this
world. It is a world wherein all that is rich in life may be enjoyed beyond measure; a
world wherein happiness may overflow eternally in every human heart ; a world
wherein all the dreams of life may be realized, and all the visions of the soul made
true. Then why should we not be glad ; first of all, that we are here ; that we are in
this world ; that we may stay here for a long time if we so desire, and enjoy every
minute to the full.
The real truth is that this world is nothing less than a limitless sea of happiness, the
vastness and glory of which we are just beginning to know. And life itself is a song,
while time is one eternal symphony. To be in tune with life, therefore, and to be in
harmony with the endless music of time, we must of necessity be glad. But after we
have learned to be glad, under every circumstance, it is no longer a necessity; it is a
privilege, and has become a part of our active, living, thinking self.
Just be glad, and you always will be glad. You will have better reason to be glad. You
will have more and more things to make you glad. For great is the power of
sunshine, especially human sunshine. It can change anything, transform anything,
re-make anything, and cause anything to become as fair and beautiful as itself.
Just be glad and your fate will change; a new life will begin and a new future will
dawn for you. All things that are good and desirable will begin to come into your
world in greater measure, and you will be enriched far beyond your expectations,
both from the without and from the within. And the cause of the change is this, that
all things respond to the call of rejoicing; all things gather where life is a song.
When you are tempted to feel discouraged or disappointed, be glad instead. Know
that you can, say that you will, and stand uncompromisingly upon your resolve. Be
strong and be glad. For when strength and rejoicing combine in your soul, every
trace of gloom or despair must disappear; because such conditions can exist only
where weakness is the rule and mastery the exception.