Sometimes the pursuit of happiness is measured by what type of leadership responsibilities a person may have at work, maybe it is the type of social status one may have of social media, maybe it is whom we are known by, or maybe it is the amount of money we make in a given week or month. Although these things are awesome, none of them will permanently provide happiness. What all of these will provide is an empty heart wanting more out of the relationship than the relationship can provide. This is a fish aquarium model of happiness. A fish will only grow according to the size of the aquarium; the bigger the environment the bigger the fish. In comparison, the more we have the more we want. However, and regrettably, the more we consume the bigger the whole of happiness is left empty and wanting.
True and complete happiness is not solely found in what we do, our financial status, our social media, or anything else. The secret of happiness is to understand it is in whom we know, but the whom being spoken of is a very debatable person. The reason this person is so debatable is because the principles of living according to this person is very opposite of what some of our friends and family define as being happy.
Gospel of Matthew 10:39, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (ESV)
For us to know happiness is to know Jesus Christ. To know Jesus Christ is to accept his principles are not according to what the general public accepts but according to a much higher standard. According to Jesus, in order to know him I must confess him as savior. (Rom. 10:10) In order to confess Him as savior I must not only entertain the thought but I must own the responsibility that I am a sinner and am in need of one, external to myself, who can rescue me. (2 Cor. 7:10). Once I confess this sin, and receive this great salvation, I am allowed to be exposed, and be a part to this great and wonderful happiness. (Philippians 4:7)
Can this happiness be robbed of me? Yes, it can!
Psalm 30:5, “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
In order for this joy to come in the morning it must be missing the day or night prior.
If our joy is missing, we need to confess what it is that is bothering us to the Lord and allow Him to restore what is missing. The more we attempt to reconcile ourselves the more we are going to be bitter with God.
Think of joy and happiness as a fuel gauge which is found in a vehicle. As our joy runs low we need to refuel ourselves in order to make this life of traveling. If our tank is empty it is impossible to move forward. The distance is just too far and demanding, though some try, to push this massive vehicle by hand.
Happiness makes the wheels of the bus go around and round.
Let us be happy and joyful and give unto the Lord all our troubles.