How do you define happiness? Where do you find your happiness? In people, places, things.. Or just in the simple fact that you are alive? Just a thought.
All week long, my vision has been blurred. I could not see clearly. See what clearly? Your probably asking.. Well, I failed to recognize the root of all happiness. They say that money is the root of all evil. If this is true, then you can’t possibly find true happiness there. So where does true happiness come from? Cause let’s face it, anything and everything can put a smile on your face, and make your day. But, what is the definition of true happiness.
If you take a look at the quote above, you’ll see that Lucioius Annaeus Seneca (Philosopher) defines true happiness as enjoying the present moment…right now. And.. not being anxious about the future.
Anxious – Experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness.
So lets take his word for it. If that is the meaning of true happiness, then that means that in order to attain true happiness we have to do the following: 1) We cannot dwell on past mistakes, but we must cherish the present moment, appreciating all that we have. 2) We cannot waste our time and energy, worrying about things that we cannot yet control. In other words, we have to live and let live. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Embrace who you are, where you are and what you are going through. Easier said than done.. However, that is just the beginning. Truth is, Seneca gave us an earthly definition of true happiness. We can live our lives, striving to be successful and to have the best of the best, but at the end of the day, true happiness will always begin and end with God.
God, is the source of true happiness. True happiness can only be found in him and in him alone. I’m 20 years old, and it’s taken me this long to figure that out. As I mentioned earlier, I have had blurred vision, metaphorically speaking. For the past few weeks, I have been preparing to go back to school. I met with my academic advisers to get my financial aid and course schedule all worked out. Things appeared to be working out great until.. it didn’t. Things began to go downhill, and I became anxious. Just when I thought I could sit back and enjoy the rest of my summer, things began to arise that put me in a place of uncertainty. It seemed that things were falling out of place left and right. First I lost all my scholarships, then there was conflict between my class and work schedule. It was beginning to look like I’d have to sacrifice the one thing I didn’t want to give up, in order to straighten things out. The number one thing, it looked like I was going to have to give up, was where I was placing all my happiness… If I didn’t have it, then I wouldn’t be satisfied.
Finally, I had to sit before God and totally surrender my will to his. Sure, I’d prayed about the situation a few times before, but I hadn’t truly surrendered. I was still holding onto what I thought would keep me happy all year long. The time came when I couldn’t go no further. I went to God in praise and worship, repentance and then I made my request known. I was fretful, but I surrendered, and said “Not my will, but thine will be done, in earth, as it is in heaven.” I told God that I would trust him with my life, because he knows whats best for me. I prayed in his word and stepped out on faith. And that is when my circumstance began to change.
Time was running out. I needed to get in contact with my academic adviser asap, to have changes made to my class schedule.. again! I kept trying, but I couldn’t get through. After my prayer, it came to me to just go up to my school. I knew I’d have to make an appointment and it’d be another couple of days before I could meet with my adviser. But, in my prayer, I’d thanked God for making a way out of no way. And let me tell you, I went up to the school and God blessed that I was able to meet with my adviser two hours later, that same day! As my adviser and I discussed my schedule changes, I looked down at her desk.. And there were three scriptures. I glanced over two of them, but the third one… Well, this is what it said:
Phil 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
I couldn’t believe I was reading that scripture, right then, in that moment… With the words, “Do not be anxious about anything…” in black, bold letters. Cause God knows, for almost 3 days, I was as anxious as could be. I didn’t know how things were going to work out.. But God knew what was best for me. And he knows what’s best for you.
Prayer works. That’s something, you don’t ever have to worry about. Nonetheless.. Don’t just drop your heavy load on God, but use the formula, found in Philippians 4:6. Come before God in praise and thanksgiving, magnify him for who he is and what he has already done. Come to him in repentance. Ask him to strengthen you and help you in all your weaknesses. Then, make your request known. Surrender your will to his plan. Trust him with the issues of your heart. Except that, his ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts and that is timing, is not our timing. He knows what is best, because he holds our futures in his hands. Lastly, just thank him and look for it! Expect it.
I found my happiness in God. I found comfort in his word. It’s amazing to know that we don’t have to be anxious about anything, ever! I mean, we’re only human, so it’s going to happen sometimes. But, just to know that God is always looking out for us and is willing to help us win battles that have already been won…Aaahhmazing! We have the victory in Jesus. Our true happiness is found in him.
1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your prayers upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.
Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.