Happiness Is Over-rated

Seriously. I’m not saying it is better to be Gloomy Guses, moping around in sackcloth and ashes. But, the happiness that results from getting our way, having what we want-when we want it- is temporary and shallow. Our modern American culture is too focused on what makes us feel good NOW and quickly. We shouldn’t have to work for anything, even a happy marriage. If our spouse does something we don’t like, we fuss and nag and criticize and have the worst sort of tantrums. If those tactics don’t work, we throw them to the curb. After all, this is MY life and I deserve to be happy.

Here’s a news flash: No you don’t! You are a sinner, vile and unrighteous deserving only the harshest of judgments from God Almighty.

The Good News is: He took that judgment upon Himself. Grace. A beautiful word for those that accept it. Christian woman, your life is not your own! You are bought with a price. Your life now belongs to Jesus, so quit acting so entitled. Only in Jesus is there joy, pure and lasting. You don’t deserve a glamorous house. You need shelter, God knows it and will provide it. You don’t need an expensive car. You need a way to get from point A to point B; God knows and will provide. He knows all our needs and isn’t so much concerned about what we want. What He wants is fellowship with us, for our minds to be renewed and to delight in Him. Does He bless us with what we want? Sometimes. Sometimes more than we could ever hope for; but, happiness in its shallow sense is just that, shallow. Strive instead for the peaceful joy and contentment that comes from having weathered a few storms; having learned to trust in the Lord and see Him work in your life.

Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4.  And in delighting in the Lord, you will find the desires of your heart changing for that which is more in tune with His will.

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