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Oh Happiness!


 

Some thoughtful and some funny one liners on Happiness.

  • Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
  • Money can’t buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.
  • Money can’t buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.
  • If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
  • To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
  • Happiness or unhappiness is often a matter of choice.
  • Happiness is not having what you want, it’s wanting what you have.

Happiness and contentment is something that I believe every person on the planet struggles for. All of us have different levels or perspectives of happiness depending on our life situation. Someone in a 3rd world nation might see happiness as finding extra food for their family during one week. Someone in America might see happiness as winning the 20 dollar jackpot on the scratch off ticket. The Bible, however, teaches us true happiness…for everyone.

Paul address this head on in a small section of Scripture that ends with a verse that I’m sure all of us have quoted in our own lives many times over. Paul was no stranger to just about any type of life we could think of. Paul had fame. Paul had cash. Paul had responsibility. Paul was feared. Paul had power. Paul was a go-getter. Paul was successful. Paul was beaten. Paul had reason to be fearful. Paul was in jail. Paul was without food. Paul was despised. Paul was hated. Paul was sought after for both his praise and his ridicule. Paul was sought after for both his wisdom and leadership as well as to be captured and killed. Yet, with all of this, Paul, like us, still searched for well being and happiness.

I think what Paul’s whole story demonstrates is a search for Peace. The Peace that Passes Understanding. In his search, God radically uses Paul. God saw Paul’s search for Peace as one that jived fully with His endeavor to bless people with Peace. Paul explains this in verses 11-3 of chapter 4 of Philippians. He says that he can do anything through the power of his savior, Jesus.

Can we talk like that? I mean, yeah, it’s a nice motivational quote, but do we live it as a message to other people around us? Do people look at us and go, “Wow, I want what she’s got.” “I wish I could be as happy as Him.” Does your life reflect Jesus’ smile? Does your life give away peace with a capital P? Do you bleed happiness that only comes from Heaven?

If not, you’re simply on a search for more of God. Yes, I used the word ‘simply,’ because that’s what it all comes down to. God wants to give us more of Him. And then He wants us to give Him away. Then, and only then, can we start to occupy that space called contentment.

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