Love Never Fails : How do you make yourself happy?

Happy | adjective | feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.

The other day, my son asked his Facebook friends,

How do you make yourself happy?

There were comments all day:
Find yourself.
Jesus bro.
Do what you’re passionate about.
Think about the way you think.
Accepting the things you can change, and changing the things you can for the better.

I said,
You choose. You can choose to have a grateful heart and choose joy. Happiness is fleeting. Joy can be lasting when your perspective is right. Your significance and worth can only be found in coming to terms with the God who created you and accepting that you are deeply loved. Life will have good times and hard times. You get to choose whether to let those hard times shape you into someone better or shape you into someone bitter.

When life is hard, when people disappoint us, when the pain is thick and weighs us down, how do we make ourselves happy?

For me, I try to remember that nothing is wasted in God’s economy. He is the Great Recycler, causing all things to work together for my good. (Romans 8:28) He takes the hard things, the hurtful things, the disappointments and even my mistakes and works them all, somehow for my good. I may not see evidence of that now, but I know I’ll see it later because that is the history I’ve had with him. My all things have always, somehow worked to make me better,

because I let him.

“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture.” (Romans 8:35 MSG)

How do we makes ourselves happy, finding pleasure and enjoyment even in the midst of hardship? We choose. We choose whether the hard things will make us better or make us bitter. We choose whether to let God recycle what seems broken and beyond repair into something beautiful and useful.

What can separate us from the love of Christ? Nothing can, because

Love Never Fails.

Love Never Fails

This is the 26th post in my series Love Never Fails for the Write 31 Days blogging challenge. You can click here to go to my introduction page and find links to all the posts in the series. Also, if you’d like to receive these posts directly in your inbox, just enter your email address in the bar to the right. I promise to never share your information.

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