Today’s Coffee Chat discussion is – Redefining Happiness.
Happiness – such a simple word but challenging to define. First, we have to look at what type of happiness we want to define, and then who are we defining it for? The more questions we ask, the more difficult it becomes to articulate. Is there such a thing as true happiness?
One thing is for sure – we seem to know when we are happy and we seem to know when we are not happy. What we do not always know is where to find it. The main problem is that we often search for happiness in ALL the wrong places.
As a believer does the Bible speak of happiness? In fact it does! I did a little research and I discovered that the Hebrew word for happy is esher and the Greek word is makarios (Dakes reference Bible) which are both sometimes translated as blessed. The person that feels blessed is happy. So, what happens when you don’t feel blessed? Are you no longer happy? The Bible gives us many, many scriptures that outline the basic principles of happiness. Some examples include – “……happy is that people, whose God is the Lord” (Psalms 144:15); “….happy is the man whom God correcteth…” (Job 5:17); “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding” (Proverbs 3:13). Happiness comes from being a son/daughter of God, obeying his commandments and allowing him to lead us.
The mistake that we often make is thinking that happiness is somehow related to our circumstances and situations. True happiness does not and should not depend on our circumstance. Take the biblical example of Paul and Silas locked in jail (Acts 16:23-26), how could they sing after they had been beaten and thrown in jail? They could sing and rejoice because their happiness was not based on their present circumstance and they knew that their God is the Lord! Happiness is sometimes letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrate it for what it is. I know that is easier daid then done – right? RIGHT!
I challenge you to take another look at your life and really examine your present condition. Are you happy? Are you just going through the motions? The same thing day after day, year after year? You complain and complain but what do you need to do to make a change?
Why are you stuck in the same emotional roller coaster over and over again? Why are you going through the same issues, circumstances, situations that continually bring unhappiness? My darling sisters I leave you with some words from Kirk Franklin’s new song – “Wanna Be Happy?”
If you’re tired of being the same
If you’re tired of things not changing
It’s time for you to get out the way
Don’t get stuck in how you feel
Say Jesus take the wheel
He knows the road that you need to take
(But it only works if)
If you wanna be happy