A blast from the past on this . . .
On this Happy Sunday, I’d like to share what I’ve found about this thing called happiness.
The dictionary defines happy as:
- delighted, pleased, or glad, as over a particular thing
- characterized by or indicative of pleasure, contentment, or joy
- favored by fortune; fortunate or lucky
- in high spirits
Here are some synonyms that also describe being happy:
On the other hand, here are a few words that describe what happy is not:
What struck me most reading through all of this were the words satisfied and peaceful—two wonderful words describing how one can most times lead to the other. If we’re satisfied with what we have and about our life in general, we feel peaceful about it —that “peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7).
I have found that being truly happy does not depend on our circumstances. Consider this: no one’s life is perfect. We all struggle with something in our lives, oftentimes several somethings all at the same time. All of these somethings come with bad and good. Let me explain with a very personal example.
I struggle every single day with several chronic illnesses, but the worst of my health issues these days are debilitating migraines. I start each day with a migraine and a lot of the time it subsides for two to three hours (sometimes more on a really good day) before it returns around dinner time to reclaim me as its unwilling victim.
These migraines impact every single aspect of my life. I have had to cancel or postpone countless appointments, trips and gatherings with friends and family. I very often have to turn down my sweet hubby’s invitations to go out with him for a meal or a motorcycle ride.
Those are my bad somethings.
I used to have the “poor me” attitude until God worked in me to remind me that nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37) with Him in my life. It has only been through my utter dependence on Him and my faith in Him as my constant Comforter that I have finally realized the good that has come from this season in my life. I now have a more complete reliance on Him for everything. There is also the realization that my pain-filled existence on this earth is nothing compared to the joy that awaits me in heaven. Adding to these is the awareness that God is teaching me new things about myself through these experiences every single day.
Those are the good parts of my bad somethings.
Wow. Can you see how much more there is to the good parts? The good parts are the positive results of those negative somethings. I can honestly say that in all this I have found that peace of God that transcends all understanding!
Here are a few great quotes I found about being happy:
- “There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier. —Benjamin Franklin
- “He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.” —Plato
- “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” —Woody Allen
Finally, here’s some of what the Bible has to say about being happy:
- “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” —Proverbs 15:13
- “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. “—Ecclesiastes 3:11-13
- “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” —Ecclesiastes 7:14
- “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” —James 5:13
Singing songs of praise and thanksgiving…
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