Finding Happiness

What will make you happy? What do you really want?

More of __________________________.

Less of ___________________________.

And how much more or less will be the indicator of your supposed happiness?

If that which is outside us could fulfill and bring us joy, it would be evident in those who have so much and are so happy. No, we see a world filled with an excess of things and yet empty of joy.

The only true source of joy is found within. It’s found in the quiet place of our heart that doesn’t have to run from the pain or noise of this life.

Peace is what’s lacking.

We will scratch and claw our way through life, blaming others and ranting about injustice until our hearts find this place of peace.

I don’t believe it can be found until we rest in the love of the One who created us.

When we find Him in our loneliness and experience that He is enough, we will have touched the eternal.

It’s not a process, it’s not a physical place, it’s not a person and it’s not a church or group.

It’s Him.

When we believe that we are loved and have been put on this earth for a reason, even without fully understanding that reason, we begin a journey that is evidenced by peace and then joy.

The question is not “what” will make us happy, but “who” will make us happy?

It’s the One who left the stones on the ground and embraced the rambunctious children.
It’s the One who never promised an easy road but promised to walk the stormy journey with us.
It’s the One who walked away from the righteous to embrace the mess of humanity.

It’s the One who loves you. Yes you, mess and all.

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Comments

  1. I liked your post about how to find happiness. As an author of several spiritual books about God and several psychological books about happiness, I think some Christians need to be more aware of how to be happy. A truly happy person is a testament of Jesus’ joy and love. Ultimately, our desire to be happy is found in our connection with Jesus. Yet, the field of Positive Psychology has many methods to help us along the way. In my own life, I’ve found that what I’ve learned from Positive Psychology has often helped me to let go of obstacles in the way of my relationship with Jesus. I encourage people to explore such methods, as long as they don’t see them as interfering with their connection to Jesus…

  2. Amen! That’s a very nice words of encouragement. Happiness comes from God and then grows within us. BE generous to share happiness! 😀

  3. How do you rest in his love? I know I belong to him but still feel that I’m failing him.