Everyone wants one thing in life and that is to be happy. Happiness cannot be bought; it is not found in material things nor can it be found in another person. It’s possible to have weath yet elude happiness. It’s also possible to lack wealth yet be extremely happy. Why? The source of happiness is having a personal, intmate relationship with God, and if you have found this treasure, you will know that it doesn’t matter what emotional, marital, financial or physical state you are in, happiness is always there. Many people make the mistake of looking for happiness in all the wrong places but eventually discover that it is not found in a person, place or thing because all of those things are temporal and are constantly changing. God has promised to never leave nor forsake those who do have a relationship with Him and He will never change – never!
Following are some practical things you can do if you have already established the foundation of knowing Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Put them into practice and you will have the secret that many people have not yet discovered.
1) Live life one day at time
2) Count your blessings and not your problems
3) Be a giver and not a taker
4) Be anxious for nothing
5) Learn to laugh and learn to cry
God wants His children, who are called by His name, to seek Him and His kingdom first and then He has promised to add everything that we need to our lives. Being anxious will do you more harm than good – both emotionally and physically. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone and worrying will not change your situation. Either you trust God or you don’t; so worry or trust – don’t do both.
Happiness is putting a smile on someone else’s face. If we are focused on ourselves, we will never experience the joy of making another person happy. The Bible tells us that it is better to give than to receive. You will never be able to out give God, so when you give, He will give it back to you in a larger measure than you used. Givers are under an open Heaven and not only will the receiver be blessed but the giver will cause God to notice them and reward them because giving is part of God’s heart. He loved mankind so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that we might have eternal life. There is no greater display of love than that.
Happiness is not found under a mask. Many people put on their daily masks and try to make others think that they are happy. Do not be afraid to reach other to your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ if you need help and allow them to help you. God has put people in our lives that we can trust and depend on. They will cry with us, pray with us and rejoice with us. Those kinds of relationships are most dear and if you do not have such friends, ask your heavenly Father to bring them into your life and you will see what a difference it makes when two walk together as one.
Are you happy? If your answer is no, begin with reaching out to God and let him come into your heart and heal you and then He will bless you with His joy, His peace and His happiness.