Happiness or the pursuit of happiness seems to keep us pretty busy. We all want to be happy or have some form of happiness in our lives. We like to do things that are fun. When we are having fun, we are happy. Recently, my husband and I went to North Carolina and enjoyed a week on the beach. I absolutely love the ocean. There is just something about the beauty of it, the sound of the waves and the salty smell that draws me there. I love the mountains too. On the last leg of our trip, we spent several days visiting with relatives on my husbands side, and then on to a beautiful place in the mountains where my cousin and her husband live. The whole experience was really enjoyable. I loved spending that time with my wonderful husband having fun and getting to see all the natural beauty everywhere we went. I have to say, that getting to spend some quality time with some very special family members that we rarely get to see, was a real bonus.
What makes us happy when we are not on vacation or having fun? Is it possible to be happy in our life going through our weekly routines with work and family? Many times if we ask someone if they are happy they have to stop and think about it for a while before they can answer. So how can we find happiness everyday?
I think we tend to relate happiness with fun and not contentment. The dictionary defines happiness as; good fortune; pleasure; contentment and joy. There are times we have good fortune and pleasure that makes us happy, but contentment is a decision we have to make to be satisfied and happy in the life we have and with the things that we have. I live in an older home that we have fixed up (several times) over the years. I drive a car that I bought several years ago that still looks great and runs very well. I am happy with those things; on the other hand, payments do not make me happy. After all these years of soul searching, I have found that there are two things that make everything else seem wonderful in my life. Those two things are my relationship with the Lord and the people in my life. The house, the cars, and the clothes just become necessities with little consequence compared to those two import things. Yes I still like to do things that are fun but those activities are a bonus. I am happy and content with my life and the gardening, decorating, art work, vacations and writing are special gifts I get to enjoy that add to an already content and happy life.
Our pastor had a sermon about keeping the main thing, the main thing in your life. I loved the way he phrased that so I' am borrowing it, Pastor Rick. The main thing is Jesus Christ. When you put Him first all other things fall into place and we have the ability to be content and happy. I also believe that when we put our family and friends above possessions we reap wonderful benefits from those relationships that continue to fill our happiness cup.. I guess it is a matter of sitting back and reviewing your life. Think about where you are now in terms of your level of contentment and joy; determine where you want to be, and what steps you have to take to get there. Fun things are wonderful but they will never give you that peaceful joy where you can sit and relax and say, "ah I really have a wonderful life and I really am happy."
Sometimes it is really hard to stop with one scripture because there are so many good ones.
I Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain
Ecclesiastes 2:26 To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness.
Psalms 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts on happiness. I would love to hear what makes you happy. So feel free to leave me a comment.
I pray that if you struggle with finding joy in your life, you will turn to the creator of life and emotions, of feelings and pleasures, of beauty and laughter, to fill you with the desires of your heart.
Who is Sally? I have been very happily married for 31 years and we have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.