We live in a beautiful world that God created.
But not everything is beautiful.
Our world is inundated with ugly things.
I fear for my children all while trusting God.
I don’t think He intended those two things to be done simultaneously.
Some days, I do better than others.
After watching the news and reading about crime, sometimes I feel like our home, our cocoon, is being watched by a hungry predator.
And yet, I feel like we are overcoming the enemy of ungodliness.
Because we are happy.
Sure, we have bad days. Just read my blog awhile. We aren’t perfect. We argue, disagree, and make plenty of mistakes. We crave material possessions and don’t seek God enough.
We don’t laugh all the time or smile constantly. We’re just a pretty average family. But our happiness runs deeply because it comes from joy. Joy grows from a deep contentment for the good and the bad because God is good. All the time.
I ran across this article by The American Chronicle, titled, “Secrets of Happier Families.”
According to research that crosses socioeconomic lines, there are seven similarities happy families have in common:
- Priority is placed on the primary relationship
- Respect for children
- Time spent together
- Regular family meetings
- Open and honest communication
- Showing appreciation
- A spiritual focus
I don’t think this article was written from a Christian perspective and I would put them in a different order. But aren’t these the reasons Christians should be happy?
The author ends with this, “What these findings do tell us is what most of us on some level already know but do not consistently practice. Namely, that a cohesive family unit that is willing to work daily at creating a loving, respect-filled, secure, and mutually supportive environment for one another in spite of external pressures can thrive… even in today´s uncertain world.”
Many times, our happiness depends upon our situation. Good day, things going our way? Happy face. Crummy day? Happiness is out the window.
I think perspective keeps our happiness level.
Are you happy?
Food for the Soul:
James 5:13, “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.”