Are you happy?
Do you want to be?
If so, what are you doing about it?
There are plenty of people who say that personal happiness is the goal and purpose of life.
Although, I believe the “purpose of life” is God-given and found in Knowing, Loving, and Trusting Him.
I do believe that God loves it when we’re happy!
I trust in Your love. My heart is happy because You saved me.Psalm 13:5
Praise the Lord, because He heard my prayer for help.Psalm 28:6–7
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him, and He helps me.
I am very happy, and I praise Him with my song.
But life is hard at times. The news rarely fills us with carefree bliss. Problems are real.
So, the question I’m considering is . . . are there things you and I can do to experience more happiness in life?
Let’s begin by defining happiness to make sure we’re on the same page.
Merriam-Webster says – Happiness is a state of well-being and contentment
Very Well Mind says – Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment.
And Happiness International says – Happiness is when your life fulfills your needs.
I believe God wants that for us and I believe He wants us to have it through Him.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.Luke 12:31
And Peter wrote:
May you have more and more of His loving favor and peace as you come to know God and our Lord Jesus Christ better. He gives us everything we need for life and for holy living. He gives it through His great power. As we come to know Him better, we learn that He called us to share His own shining greatness and perfect life.2 Peter 1:2—3 (NLV)
So let’s look at 5 things we can do to experience more happiness..
- Make a commitment to SEEK God first through Bible Study, prayer, worship, and relationships.
- Ask God to forgive our cranky, ornery, whiney, complaining, and comparing behaviors and attitudes.
- Ask God to help us grow spiritual fruit in our lives – joy, peace, patience, etc. (Galatians 5:22–23)
- Intentionally think and talk about the things that make us happy and ask our family and friends to participate and hold us accountable.
- Praise and thank God for giving us everything we need including the gift of happiness.
A Prayer to Seek God First and
Enjoy More Happiness
Father, I think everyone wants to be happy but we so easily and foolishly look for happiness in the wrong places . . . in things that don’t last or fully satisfy. Please forgive us for looking to people and things to make us happy. We search for contentment and fulfillment from the world when it can only be found in You. We are selfish and stubborn. Please forgive us. Please forgive me.
I commit myself to You. Please guide me through Your Spirit and help me set priorities and manage my time in ways that focus my heart and mind on You. Please help me intentionally spend time in Your Word. Help me to “be still” with You in prayer. And with Your help, I will worship You with my life and make time for relationships that encourage my faith.
Please make me aware of all You are doing in me and around. Pour Your Spirit into me that I might live with joy, peace, patience, and faithfulness. Help me count the beautiful blessings You give. And open my eyes to the happiness You make available to me.
Father, You are so good to me. You have taken my guilt and shame, and given me faith, hope, and love . . . all I need to live with happiness today. I SEEK You, Lord. I love You. I praise You. I worship You forever and always. Amen.
The other day I was at Walmart picking up our prescriptions. As I finished, I thanked the pharmacist for her help and told her how much I always enjoyed seeing her.
She responded by telling me that she enjoys helping me because I’m always full of joy.
I thanked her, pointed it up, and said . . . it’s all the Lord’s doing. She smiled and said, “amen.”
Friends, life’s not perfect! You should see my list of prayers!
But that’s the point!
We can enjoy happiness because our Father invites us to bring every care to Him . . . to SEEK Him and TRUST Him to give us everything we need. Leaving our needs at the throne of grace with faith makes it possible for us to live with happiness and joy.
My prayer for you today is that you will run to Jesus, give Him the things that are robbing you of peace and happiness, and trust Him to give you everything you need.
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