Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 - Advanced)
Topic: BLESSED (03/07/19)
- TITLE: Seeking Happiness
By Laurie Staples
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
Using the word “happy” in place of blessed in the Bible makes it easier to understand what God tells us will lead to happiness. The Bible doesn’t say, blessed (happy) are those who seek after blessedness (happiness), but rather, "blessed [happy] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness... for they will be filled." (Matthew 5:6) Other verses tell us not to worry about tomorrow, but to seek after His kingdom and His righteousness and all else will be added.
Being filled, lacking nothing and being worry-free is the very picture of happiness, but it isn’t easy to stay focused on righteous things when there is so much unrighteousness everywhere we look. Perhaps that’s why those living in third world countries are often happier than we are—they don’t have as many options to make wrong choices or the time to seek after unrighteousness.
Ironically enough, the times I've been most focused on (or seeking after) thinness, I've GAINED weight. As soon as I resolve to eat less, food is ALL I can think about. If I decide to go on a particular diet, I become so obsessed with the rules and restrictions that it robs me of the God-given enjoyment of eating.
As shallow as my analogy is, I can see the parallels. It's all about what we set our minds on. Happiness is a by-product of making right choices, God's kingdom choices...like honesty, selflessness and gratitude.
In our fallen world we will never stop longing for a new heaven and a new earth, where there will be no more sorrow and no more pain. I have experienced such intense sorrow that I felt my heart was literally breaking and other times where I thought my heart might burst with joy. However, nothing has filled me with such blessed joy as experiencing God’s PERSONAL love for me—lovingly intervening in my life in ways that can only be described as miraculous. There is no greater blessing than being a child of the King, who knows and loves me perfectly. I am indeed blessed!
"Focus on heaven and get earth thrown in. Focus on earth and get neither.” C.S. Lewis
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.