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Happiness

Happiness is a concept – an idea.  It’s hard to describe, we all know what it feels like to have a moment of happiness and how it feels when we are not happy.  Happiness is seemingly linked to our feelings.  In fact, happiness is so linked to our feelings that something that makes us happy today, may not make us happy tomorrow.  Something that makes you happy may not make me happy at all.  Aye – there’s the rub!   Feelings change.

So wait a minute.  What if my happiness were connected to something other than my feelings.  What if it were connected to something that didn’t change.  Sure, I know…I know.  I’m not going to tell you that you can be happy ALL the time no matter what happens.  That’s not true.  That doesn’t make sense.  But if I can escape the truly mindless and futile effort to be happy simply because I had great hot pot or wonderful jaozi or bought the latest smartphone, then maybe I’ll be getting somewhere in understanding true happiness.

Happiness is a matter of balance – taking care of ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Physically – we recommend eating well for better health. Exercise…period.  Be proactive and evaluate the stress in your life.  Look at your relationships to see if they are emotionally good.  If they are not, ask yourself if they are essential.  If they are bad and not essential, then get out of them.  If they are bad and essential, then close your eyes and know that without people, this world would be a pretty lonely place.  Know that people and our relationships with them are what drive us.  Without people, we would not have to seek to understand, seek to love, seek to help, seek to bless.  We know when we seek to give life and hope and joy and happiness, it will come back a thousand fold.

This life, hope and joy is also about a relationship with God.  God is able to give us true peace and true joy, eternal and lasting. Our lives are a gift and eternal life is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9).  The Bible says that God loved me so much that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).  Jesus died on the cross for my sins that I could have peace with Holy God (Romans 5:1).  This is true happiness – joy unspeakable when we confess our sins and trust Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

Steps to Peace with God

 

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