Sunday, January 18, 2009

Don't Worry Be Happy

I've been thinking a lot about happiness. Are you happy? Am I happy?

A woman that I know has (apparently) left her family. Husband and kids. Home. Why would somebody do that? What could be bad enough to just leave? I haven't talked with her so I don't know her reason but I do know what she could hear if she just listened.

You aren't happy. Change your where you are in your life. You deserve to be happy. Your kids will be happier if you're happy. You aren't the same person you were when you got married. Life is more than this.

I've been thinking that happiness isn't the same as contentment. Now the dictionary uses one to define the other but they feel different to me.

Happiness is feeling good about your circumstances and contentment is feeling good no matter what your circumstances. - Denise
I'm pretty sure you can experience contentment when things feel bad in your life. Happiness seems more fleeting, too. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Your circumstances might change and then no more happy.
I want contentment. I want for tomorrow to be a black day and I can still say I'm content with what God has given me. I don't have any huge story of trial (yet) but I want to seek God so when the day comes - I can still give God the glory.
Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.
Philippians 4:11


Sarah said...

Good thoughts. Happiness comes to you. Contentment is yours to choose.

Anonymous said...

I agree with your thoughts on happiness and contentment but I am struggling with applying them to your friend's situation. Until you know the exact circumstances...