I ran into this quote just the other day, “Happiness is not something you get, but something you DO,” by Marlene Cox. As I thought about the quote, I noted how it connected to our family motto, “Happiness is a Choice”. My husband has been quoting this for years in our home to both myself and our daughters. A simple reminder that we are in charge of own happiness. Sometimes choosing happiness means serving the Lord and doing his will. His will leads to my salvation. Isaiah 12:2 reads, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
For some reason this past school year has been a challenge, and I am not sure I can put my finger on the reason. Over the course of this year, I have learned to lean on the words of our family motto, “Happiness is a Choice”. I have to keep reminding myself that I have to choose happiness in my life because it will not choose me. As this year has been a struggle, I have found myself turning more and more to the Lord. As I write these words, I realize maybe God is trying to get my attention. Maybe he is focusing me more on Him and His Word. I seem to be looking at life different from the past, and I don’t mean this as a “bad thing” just as a “different thing”. So in moving through such a different time in my life, what has God taught me?
I must find my happiness in the Lord. Psalm 100:2 reads, “Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” The Lord has clearly shown me that I will never find happiness in my work and those around me. As scripture in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I know that as I dig deeper into his word that I will find a clearer path to walk. People will never put me and my work as high as the Lord will. Each day as I have struggled through a morning or a day, the Lord has reminded me that he determines my path and my worth. I just have to do his work each day and he will bless me. And I have been blessed to have the chance to see my life’s work and its impact and now to look forward at what my future may hold. I tried to follow the path the Lord has prepared for me. I pray I have, and do, and will continue to serve him and be an example of his loving grace. I am reminded of Acts 2:28 and for some reason it gives me peace, “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.” One day I will stand in the presence of the Lord and my prayer is that I will hear him say the words of Matthew 25:21, ” His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’”.
I have to close with how God is really working in my heart this week. I have not been feeling well or sleeping well and that leads to being a negative person. I can remind myself that I have to choose happiness, but God decided to just slap me across the face. First on my drive to work the KLove morning team was discussing the difference in happiness and joy. Just thinking about the two made me realize “Happiness is a Choice = Joy”. Things may not always be going the way we want, but Joy is always in our hearts because we are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. After arriving at work, my daily inspirational calendar read, “What are three things that are making you happy RIGHT NOW?” Here are my three at that time:
1. Loving God
2. Gracious Husband
3. Hot Black Coffee
I can’t lie that is what I wrote down. I am a blessed woman. I choose Happiness! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”Philippians 4:4
Closing Verse: “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,” Psalm 30:11
Challenge: When you are having one of those days that get you down = Choose Happiness. Better yet, write down your three things that are making you happy at that moment. God will show you his grace.