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Happiness is a big part of human life, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that material or financial possessions are what ultimately bring us joy. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth because true happiness comes from enjoying what we already have in our lives. I like what Ralph Waldo Emerson has to say about happiness. “Happiness is a bottle of perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” It’s essential to redefine our definition of happiness and compare it with God’s will for us. We may come to understand that God’s purpose for us isn’t just about being happy but also about following His lead and being obedient which leads to long-term fulfillment along the way. So, let’s focus not only on acquiring more things but also cherishing what we already possess while remaining faithful to God’s plan for our lives – because there lies true happiness! ~ Bill Greguska
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.”
Is Happiness Our Goal In Life?
What Is Happiness?
Happiness is being able to love God and love others. Happiness and joy are not the same; your happenings determine happiness, but fun and comfort are from God 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 comparing themselves to other people.
Not every moment of my day is full of joy and happiness, but in the big picture, I find that a sunny day is 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 daily practice. 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 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
Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Here Are Some Helpful Links:
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- Does the Bible say anything about wanting to be famous?
- Is there a difference between joy and happiness?
- What are the beatitudes?
- When the Bible mentions a blessing, what does that mean?
Is True Happiness Possible?
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 to define what real joy is and know where to go to discover it. My former 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, you can now choose to find your true happiness and encouragement by 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 not quite where I want to be yet, but I’m sure NOT where I used to be! We are all works in progress.
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Resources On How To Be Happy!
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Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Psalm 37:4 ESV
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Ecclesiastes 3:12 ESV
I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;
Philippians 4:4 ESV
Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice.
Proverbs 14:13 ESV
Even in laughter, the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.
Philippians 4:7 ESV
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Proverbs 16:20 ESV
Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 3:13 ESV
Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
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