We live in a world that convinces us that we need this or that to "make" us happy. Our world tells us that in order to find real, true happiness, we need to follow the ways of this world. Be thin, buy this, eat that, travel here, make this much money, have this size house, be this important to this many people. The truth is that happiness doesn't come from any of those things, or this world.
Happiness comes from within. People say that all the time. People say it all the time because it's the truth.
Happiness is a lifestyle. It's a choice you make every day. It's a choice you make before your feet hit the floor. You can be unhappy that your alarm is going off and it's super annoying, or you can be happy that the Lord let you wake up to live another day. You can be unhappy that you have to go to work, or you can be happy that you have a job. You can be unhappy about the driving in the nasty rainy weather, or you can be happy that you have a car to drive. You can be unhappy that your lunch options aren't what you wanted, or you can be happy that you have lunch and that you aren't wondering where your next meal will come from. You can be unhappy that the woman in line in front of you is using a bajillion coupons, or you can be happy that you make enough money you aren't even worried about saving a buck like she is. You can be unhappy about your crappy cable service, or you can be happy you can afford cable in this economy. You can be unhappy that church service starts so early on a Sunday, or you can be happy that you have a place to go worship where you are loved, accepted and welcomed just as you are. See, it's a choice. Everything is a choice. Your happiness is in the palm of your hands. You get to define it.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Happiness is not a feeling, it is a choice. To be happy, one must choose to be happy, not respond to a circumstance that now controls your happiness.”
Choose happiness today. No matter what your options are, choose to be happy. I promise you won't regret it. And if choosing happiness over anything else doesn't work for you, well, then you can tell me I'm wrong!
Happy Thursday, Y'all!