The dictionary defines happiness as; Characterized by good luck; fortunate, enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, being especially well-adapted, cheerful. Do you like any of these definitions?
Once I saw a newspaper advertisement That read, “If you are not completely satisfied with your life, give us a call.” This is a perfect add because who in the world is completely satisfied with their life?
The truth is we are completely satisfied with nothing.
The reason is human nature. What ever we want–love, money, attention, pleasure, food, security–cannot be supplied to completely satisfy. I think our human nature is the biggest obstacle to happiness.
I have a friend who is never happy, in my eyes she has everything, a lovely home, a loving husband and plenty of money. It isn’t enough, she still has a problem with happiness.
Could it be that our brain can determine our happiness. When my little grand kids get cranky their mother always tells them that it’s up to them to decide to be happy. I think she is on to something that we all need to do. Decide to be happy. We can decide to be satisfied with what we have. A poor person who decides to be happy with what little they have is much happier than the wealthy person who is unhappy because they want more.
If we are not satisfied with what we have, will we allow that to make us unhappy? For sure dissatisfaction does not have to make us unhappy. Oh I know I’m not making sense out of this but this is what I know. Someone my age (young) has terminal cancer–I don’t know her well enough to know if she has been satisfied with her life. I do know as I look at my life, I don’t want to wasted any time being unhappy with life. There are things I can be dissatisfied about but I want with all my heart to be happy from the inside-out.
I have noticed, I really am much happier and satisfied when I have spent a good amount of time in the WORD. It just stands to reason that the Lord fills my needs, my heart, my longings with gems from His WORD.