Choose To Be Happy Today

Grace and peace be unto you.

“I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises” (Psalm 34:1).

When was the last time you had a pity party? Are you waiting for a particular blessing to be happy? Well, the time to be happy is now since tomorrow is not guaranteed. The psalmist says, “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises” (Psalm 34:1). When we practice praising the Lord regularly, we choose to be happy.

Occasionally, we focus on unpleasant events in the world, or the things that are not going right in our lives, and ended up being sad. By so doing, we overlook the fact that God’s plan for our lives involves unfavorable circumstances. Scripture says, “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him” (Philippians 1:29). Accordingly, we can choose to be happy during challenging times.

Since our divine assignment involves suffering, why aren’t all of us happy during our trials? Unfortunately, some of us do not believe God’s Word, hence we associate suffering with Satanic attack. As such, we rebuke Satan and pray for deliverance. However, God desires that we look at suffering from his perspective. The Bible says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together, for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).

The story is told that the apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome for at least three years. During that time, he maintained the position that his imprisonment would serve for the furtherance of the gospel (Philippians 1:12). Hence, he wrote seven letters of the New Testament and preached to everyone who would listen. God caused Paul’s unpleasant situation to work out for his good.

It is important to note that Paul was focused on accomplishing his purpose, as such, he viewed his challenges as opportunities. This perspective enhanced his happiness. Paul chose to be happy by walking in his purpose. Our purpose and happiness are inextricably linked. Therefore, when we walk in our purpose, we are happy. 

Adapting God’s perspective is vital to our happiness. When we believe the Scripture that God causes our circumstances to work out for our good, we embrace his perspective. From this vantage point, we are empowered to maximize the opportunities that present during bad times, and accomplish our purpose. Furthermore, our faith is increased and we can rejoice in the Lord, The Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

Heavenly Father, please help us to believe that you will use our challenges for our good, remind us to praise you at all times, and grant us the wisdom and courage to walk in our purpose. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.   

Published by Nadine

I am a disciple of Christ and He is the center of my joy. I was created to accomplish his purpose. I am a writer and author of five books; 1. The 9 Unhealthy Desires of the Mind: How to defeat the enemy and fulfill your purpose, 2. The Heart of God: Follow His Plan, 3. Keep Moving Forward: Empowered by God's Love, 4. From God's Heart To Yours, 5. More Than Conqueror. Grace and peace be unto you.

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