Sunday, March 7, 2010
Happiness is a state of mind
Happiness - "State of contentment, gratitude, bliss, delight and joy"
How many of us can say that we are truly happy?
In a society and culture of instant gratification, it can be quite hard to find a place of contentment. The media is constantly pushing more and more everywhere we turn. The more we acquire, the more we desire.
We dwell on the past by replaying our mistakes over and over and then we often worry about tomorrow, next week, next month and as far as next year. We get so caught up in worrying about the past and the future that we forget about the present. We don’t realize that the present is a gift. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn’t promised. We are quick to complain about the woman that cut us off in traffic but forget to talk about the many people who let us cut in front of them while running late to work. We worry so much about our burdens that we forget about our blessings.
Maybe you have yet to forgive a friend that you have been angry with far too long over something that you can’t even remember why you parted ways. Maybe you keep putting off taking your daughter to see that play that she has been begging you to see. It might be that you haven’t visited your grandmother in the nursing home for over 6 months although as a child she always had your favorite cookies after school every single Friday. It may even be due to your fear of rejection, you still haven’t asked that beautiful girl out that you have been admiring for months. Opportunities come and go as though they will always be there. We put off today for yesterday and tomorrow.
Worry. Doubt. Resentment. Fear. Insecurities.
They are just bricks that form a wall standing in your way of true happiness and contentment. When we become aware of the worries of our life and then cast them to God, we open ourselves to happiness and all of the blessings that He has in store for us. God loves us dearly and wants us to be happy. He cares for us. Get rid of the bricks. They are the only thing standing in your way to bliss! ♥
Knock on your friend's door and tell them you miss them! Surprise your child, pick her up from school and take her to that play in the front row! Pull out your grandmother's cookie recipe, bake them and take them to her! Grab a bouquet of flowers and ask that girl out!
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:25-27
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Be blessed this week!
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