How Much Happiness Do You Have?
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- It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. ~ Charles Spurgeon
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
Are You Happy? (The Habits Of Happiness)
In an analogy, happiness would be like a piece of veneer furniture from Walmart, but joy would be more like a solid oak piece of wood from a real established furniture store. The choice is yours, happiness, or joy? Pleasure is fleeting as the wind, yet joy in your heart. ~ Bill Greguska
Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
What Is Happiness?
Happiness is being able to love God and love others. Happiness and joy are not the same; happiness is determined by your happenings, but joy and comfort are from God from inside your heart!
When you are asked, are you happy? Or how are you doing? What is your usual response? One significant thing many people do wrong is to compare yourselves to other people. When I am the happiest, it does not always mean that things are going the way I hoped or planned them to be, it is more of peace that I have with the situation that I am in today.
Then the next question is how the Lord is directing me and what does he want me to do. Are you happy or just going through the motions of living? I find myself the most satisfied when I am doing something nice for someone else, or when I am doing something that I know pleases God, which makes me happy too.
Time And Place For Everything
No, not every moment of my day is full of joy and happiness, but in the big picture of the day, I find that a happy day is just interrupted by some sad moments here and there.
The problem comes in when I allow those terrible moments or situations you may say to mess up the rest of my day. When I was younger and less mature, this was more of a daily practice for me.
When I got older and a little wiser, I could learn how to detach my feelings so that the so-called bad feelings would not dominate over the rest of the day.
Dwelling, focusing on, re-running old tapes, and keeping records of wrongs others have done to you is a sure way of preventing your day from reaching your maximum potential for happiness. ~ Bill Greguska
Is True Happiness Possible In Life?
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- Can Christians live their best life now?
- Does the Bible say anything about wanting to be famous?
- What are the beatitudes?
- When the Bible mentions a blessing, what does that mean?
How Much Happiness And Joy do You Have In Your Life?
Realize Happiness Is Superficial Joy Is In Your Heart!
It would be a lie if I said that every moment of every day of my life, I was full of happiness, although I can tell you that my life has direction and purpose because of my relationship with God.
To find happiness in your heart, you need first to define what real joy is, and know where to go to discover it?
Pastor Stuart Briscoe from Elmbrook Church has a tongue-twisting, yet so very exact definition of happiness, that goes like this:
“Many people feel that their happiness is directly related to their happenings. If their happenings happen to happen, the way they happen, to want their happenings to happen, they are happy. But if their happens don’t happen to happen the way they happen to want their happenings to happen, they are unhappy!” ~ Pastor Stuart Briscoe
If this describes you at all, you can now choose to find your true happiness and encouragement from following the example and teaching of Jesus Christ.
Just to let you know, my life has changed because of my relationship with God through His Son. I am still growing, and I’m not quite where I want to be yet, but I’m sure NOT where it used to be! We are all works in progress.