In case you don’t already know…I’m gonna show you how to be happy where you are right now. How’s that for a pitch?
Maybe where you are right now is a place full of anger, bitterness, and turmoil. There’s a way to be happy instead. Or maybe your life is going great, but you think something is missing, and you can’t quite put your finger on what would make that go away.
There’s a way to clear that up.
If physical prowess is the key to happiness, then pro athletes should be some of the happiest people in the world. But I read alarming reports of drug abuse, dysfunctional and abusive relationships, murder, and suicide in most sports.
And if money is the key to happiness, why are some of the unhappiest stories coming from celebrities with millions of dollars in their accounts?
Then, of course, there’s work and vacations. Many successful people say work keeps them happy. Others say get regular recuperative rest in a vacation destination that suits your temperament. While there’s nothing inherently wrong about that advice, there’s no lasting solution.Otherwise, you’d be able to determine an end game.Â In other words, you’d know when enough was enough.
So, how can you know how to be happy?
The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:10-23 talked about how to “be abased” and “to abound”…how to “both be full and to be hungry” and how to “abound and to suffer need”. In those verses he explains how to be happy where you are right now.
When I read that passage, I get a sense that Paul is enthusiastically rejoicing for and with the Philippians. He acknowledged their care for him and how it uplifted him to the point of rejoicing. How can we rejoice when so many things come against us?
Five letter answer: J-E-S-U-S.
Jesus is how God is able and “shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory”. Did you catch that? It’s not according to OUR earthly riches that He supplies all our needs. It’s according to “His riches in glory”. And His riches are all fulfilled and poured out through the sacrificial death and resurrection of His Son.
If you truly want to know how to be happy where you are right now, look up and kneel down.
In Christian Loveâ€¦
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