Saturday, August 23, 2014

Are you Happy?

Are you happy?

No, I mean REALLY, TRULY happy?

Sadly, this is something that I feel God has laid on my heart a great deal lately. I feel like we look for happiness in all the wrong places.

Some people turn to other people. Some people turn to themselves and this perfect image they have worked so hard to create. Some people turn to possessions. You get the picture.

See my issue is that when I look around myself, I feel like while some people may be right with God and completely basking in His glory, they tend to generally keep it to themselves. Maybe they don't keep it to themselves. Maybe they show their happiness, but they don't necessarily mention that it's from God.

Others may not be happy at all, but they try to cover it up by wearing a mask. A mask they have created and painted with this perfect image, whether it be financial, political, even spiritual.

I'm not saying that we cannot find pleasure in these things. I'm saying our happiness and joy should not be based off of these things.

See here's the deal. We cannot base our happiness off of the people around us. If we can't base our happiness off of the people around us, then we cannot base our disappointments off of them either. We can only find TRUE happiness in the One who CREATED happiness. And if we can only find happiness in him, then we can only find our disappointment in him too, and, guess what, in case you haven't figured out, HE NEVER DISAPPOINTS.

So, if I'm making any sense at all, you'll understand kindof what I'm getting at. We have no reason to be disappointed with our lives. We need to be completely focused on God that our Joy is so overflowing and completely evident to everyone around. We need to let our Joy lead others directly to the One who is Joy.

It's for this reason I want to live completely consumed with Christ. I want to be constantly searching for his peace and happiness.

I hope you do too.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
 The Lord will keep you from all harm
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore."
Psalm 121

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