Friday, April 9, 2010

Happiness

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln

It is hard to illustrate happiness. Shining sun? Big smiley face? Happiness is mental - it is within us. There are obvious outward expressions that we connect with happiness - laughter and smiles for example. What about deep abiding happiness? In Philippians, Paul says:

. . .for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I know that no matter what the circumstances, God is in control. That doesn't mean that I am never angry, never sad, never concerned. It means that underneath those emotions, there is the happiness, the contentment, the knowledge that I can do, be, live because of the One who give me strength - and happiness. Will that underlying happiness spill out into the life of someone else today?

3 comments:

Bud Ezekiel H. said...

hi...couldn't find a follow link so you're a bookmark:) love that cross below and i appreciate the link you left too.

and yes....He IS my joy!

Ellie said...

Happiness for me is undefined, random moments of joy! *"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", so is
happiness.
* Is actually a paraphrase of a statement by Plato.

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
~George Sheehan

I like the way you summed this up!

~Bry~ said...

Thanks for coming by my blog! I am late getting my I in today.