Every time I hear the song, “Don’t worry, be happy,” I can not help but sing along. The message of the song accentuated by the way the singer sings it lightheartedly, put a happy smile on my face. Amazing how a simple, jolly song can lift up our spirits!
We all want to be happy, right? We greet “Happy New Year,” “Happy Birthday,” “Happy Anniversary,” even greet newly weds “May you live happily ever after.”
Many times, I hear expressions like, “I just want to be happy.” But the question is: How?
This year, one of my resolutions is to choose to be happy. I believe that happiness is a choice, a mindset. Life is full of ups and downs that if we don’t laugh, we will cry. I don’t know about you, but I’ll rather laugh even if it’s not funny. I’m tired of being an uptight, serious, perfectionist human being who used to think that to be happy is a sin. I imagine Jesus with a smiling face and with a sense of humor, not someone with a long face who kills the joy of someone having a good time.
What does the word “happy” means to you? Is it being healthy, wealthy, having good relationships or is it just being content with what you have? Or does being happy means a night with some friends and a couple of drinks?
For me, being happy means being in a right relationship with God, with people around me, and with myself. It’s also being in the right frame of mind that no matter what the future holds, I know Who holds the future. I also know that God wants to see us, His children, enjoying our relationship with Him.
Happiness that’s long lasting or permanent is called joy. We can rejoice no matter what circumstances befall us. On the other hand, happiness that the world brings is temporary as we all know. When the excitement is gone, they leave us empty.
In 1 Timothy 6:6, it says that “godliness with contentment is a great gain.” To be content is to be happy. True happiness or joy is a blessing.
“May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.”
Almighty God, may this New Year find us rejoicing, knowing we are secure in Your love. Restore the joy of our salvation Lord by renewing our relationship with You. Thank You Jesus for reconciling us with our Heavenly Father by dying at the cross so we can live an abundant life. May we live each day grateful for all the blessings that come our way, and may our lives be blessings to others. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
Gloria, This is one of the best postings you've done - it's excellent! And it is such an encouragement as we enter the New Year! I agree, happiness is a choice. In one of my poems, I wrote: "With each new dawn, we are offered a choice…
Will we be sad or choose to rejoice?"
But, as you mentioned, true happiness comes from having a right relationship with Jesus. Once we are His, no circumstance can remove the joy of belonging to Him. It's not like the happienss of the world that is based on the condition of our lives. It is a priceless, permanent happiness that is a blessed gift from Him. Love, Peggy