I will sing unto the Lord and a new song and his praise from the end of the Earth…….. Isaiah 42:10
Take charge of your own happiness. Happily ever after isn’t a tale that should begin at the altar, but at the corner of your lips. Happily ever single, who ever heard of that ? That’s not a status beyond the realm of possibilities. It is the possibility for which we must strive. For starters , surrender the thought right now that others are supposed to make you happy. If you are honest with yourself and keenly look around, you will realize how very few people are fanatically invested in your happiness.
Cuteness doesn’t win games. Fame and wealth aren’t fire proof ways to guarantee you the Jolly Rollie ride of your life. Your claim to fame and happiness is that many know your name. You’ve logged scores of Facebook likes and are exuberant riding the social media carousel because it bolsters your ego. Nonetheless we live in a generation where people have the attention span of a fly. You will soon be forgotten. Novelty wears out like the morning dew, becoming as irrelevant as yesterday’s news. You are enthralled with applause, but realize that appllause can’t last beyond time. The world goes around. The applause will wane. The pundits will flip the page to the next topic.
True happiness sprouts from another world, from Christ, from knowing him and being known by him and doing his bidding . What does Christ think about happiness ? Read it for yourself. It looks nothing like Vogue Magazine:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. “
The Hall of Happy. Utterly countertuitive. Christ just declared happy ( the Greek word here “blessed ” is makarios , meaning immensely fortunate) all the wrong people it seems. The poor , the oppressed , the lost , the least, and the left out. Ultimately you will derive happiness from the world around or from Christ. Everyone is loyal to something. Where you are aligned in terms of allegiance will dictate your destiny . It’s a big deal if someone claims to know the President of the USA. But that really is no biggie. Many people know him. The real question is , does the Commander -in-Chief know you ? Could he call you out by name from among a crowd? Claiming to know Christ means nothing when he actually denies knowing you :
Matthew 7:21-23 “
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Many claim to know Christ who really don’t. They profess Christ without possessing him. They preach piety without practicing his precepts and perform religious duties Sunday morning without being positioned in the ultimate truth that defines significance. That’s not the right way to live fulfilled. If the song you sing is vanity and vice, your tank my friend really is running on empty. Make your song the song of virtue. Stop copying and cozying up to the sin-saturated world. Sing your own tune, the one with which the Lord has endowed you. You can only be accountable for that which God has given you and he does expect a return on his investment at the end of the day (Matthew 25:14-30 ).
The eternal refrain of humanity , ” I feel so unhappy ” resonates almost as soon as we catch our first breath and gain self-awareness. We are born crying , not laughing . The world is in pain and we all without exception has a share in it. There is no escaping the falleness of this world. Human existence could be depicted as a long march to the grave. Sobering realities in a climate of ever increasing self -agrandisment and self-delusion. Paradoxically we escape this vortex of decay and progressive descent into chaos by relinquishing the self -made persons we so anxiously cling to:
“If any one will come after me let him deny himself , take up his own cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Mistakes always land you somewhere. Lawyers’ mistakes wind up in prison. Doctors’ mistakes land in the cemetery . Love mistakes end up in divorce. Where you end up has a lot to do with your aims, but also with your indecision and misdirection. Happiness is a choice, not a chance charted by the stars. But the foundation has gotta be right before we find the rhyme and the rhythm for the good life.
“Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand; and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Are you ready to lay down the first brick?