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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Big D Gets A+

Last week, my beloved hometown of Dallas, Texas won a unique competition. Dallas was rated the happiest city in the United States. That’s right—the citizens of Dallas have the biggest smiles and the strongest hugs from sea to shining sea.

 What criteria awarded Dallas the title? I found it to be eye-opening and surprising, especially when we consider the current ethical and moral trends of America. Dallas received this award because 75% of its citizens have spiritual beliefs, 67% believe that their voices are heard, and 59% rarely worry about their health. Therefore, they’re “happier” than the rest of us.

I don’t exactly buy that—the chorus of honking horns and the waving of fingers (finger) on Dallas highways don’t exactly emulate harmonious happiness. People seem to be a lot happier in Kerrville than they do in the Metroplex. Nevertheless, Dallas received the winning nod.

 Regardless of the city or town in which we live, it strokes our memory as God’s people. When we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, we have spirituality. God listens to our concerns. And because of the grace of God and the blood of Jesus, we’re “healthy”.

We may not live in Dallas, but we still fit the bill. As Christians, we should be the happiest people around. Are we?