Are you happy? That’s an honest question, but honestly it’s a lot easier to ask than it is to answer. Happiness can sometimes feel like such a fickle thing. What makes us happy? Why does it change so quickly? Why are we equally unhappy? How do we stop that?
It feels like our ever-changing world can be what determines who or what should make us happy. And it’s not just the “secular” world; this is true within the Church and Christian community. Happiness has long held a negative view in a lot of Christian circles as if it’s a “lesser” or more “self-centered” motive or desire.
But writer Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, writes, “The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It's more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted.”
Interestingly enough, God has a very similar perspective on Happiness. In fact, the Scriptures – both Old and New Testaments – are filled with examples of truths, experiences, and situations that bring are intended to bring us Happiness. God, as a Good Father, desires for us, His children, to take delight, find joy, and experience blessing!
That’s why this month’s Everyday Faith will feature different scriptures highlighting the various aspects of life that God uses to source and fuel Happiness within us. As you journey through each day, our hope is that you will discover that you actually have MANY reasons to be happy each and every day!