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“I’m actually not happy,” I replied honestly. “When I look at my circumstances, almost everything I ever wanted I have lost or I have never gotten. There is really almost nothing about my life that would make me happy,” I explained. After all, I lost my family when I talked about being sexually abused as a child. I was abandoned by two husbands; I don’t have a husband, fiance, boyfriend, or social life. My “immediate family” of long-time beloved dogs all passed away. I live on what some would say is a poverty level income in a small house I cannot afford nor have the time to keep up that is falling apart at the seams, and I am responsible for 17 mostly special needs and senior rescued dogs 24-7. I have not been able to travel for even a night for over 4.5 years. All of that follows decades of struggle with multiple addictions and post traumatic stress disorder and a whole host of other yucky stuff. Happy? Not exactly. So what had my loved one noticed in my demeanor?
“I have joy inside my heart because of the Lord Jesus Christ,” I essentially explained. And God’s love for me, and my love for Him, and my faith in Him, and my eternity with Him in heaven, are not contingent on my circumstances. And that is exactly why I believe happiness can be dangerous. Quite simply, happiness is fleeting and contingent on the circumstances of our lives. The Lord is forever. And when we repent of our sins and place our faith in Christ as Lord who died on the cross for us and become committed followers of His by studying the Bible and learning to live according to the Lord’s ways, we learn to move out of the temporal and into what is eternal. The love, and faith, and hope, and peace, and joy, and promise, and mercy, and compassion and forgiveness of the everlasting nature of the Lord. Why can happiness be dangerous? Because we can relentlessly pursue it and find ourselves living on an ever roller coaster. But then, on the flip side, we can unfasten our little seat belts, climb off the roller coaster seat, move away from the amusement park ride, and pursue the only thing in the universe that provides all that we will ever need now and forever. The Lord, His never ending love, His Word the Bible, and forever and ever with Him if we would but turn away from the ways of this world and commit our hearts and breaths and very lives to the Almighty!
I used to belong to a program that promised happiness for those who followed its steps. I cannot make you that promise of happiness. But I can promise you without a shadow of a doubt that if you will repent of your sins and throw yourself at the feet of the Lord God almighty through faith in Jesus and live a life relentlessly in pursuit of Him and His ways, that you will ultimately experience a joy and peace and eternal life that no amount of happiness on this earth can even touch.
Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Rom 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.