What makes people happy? What makes people feel accepted or accomplished? At one point or another we have all looked for happiness or acceptance. Whether it be in school, in a new town, or even in church, But what is it exactly that triggers a sort of satisfaction in our mind and body.
I read a story recently in the news of a young man who opened fire at a college because he was unhappy with the fact that women would not pay attention to him. Hatred filled his heart when he saw couples or women in general. He had posted many videos, videos in which he would open up about how unhappy he was with his life because women never paid attention to him, and he had never had his first kiss.
All of this hatred was bottled up inside to a point where he felt it was necessary to take revenge on every person on campus, specifically women.
It saddens my heart to see a person who had his whole life ahead of him feel like there was no other way out.
My main question on this day is who or what is your source of happiness? Is there a specific person or object that you depend on for happiness.
It is important to have God as our source of happiness. Humans are imperfect, and that is a fact. God is the only One who remains perfect each an every day. When our happiness depends on a person, as soon as they fail to make us happy we will be down on the ground. We may even drain the persons energy because people are incapable of that kind of responsibility.
The bible states,
"Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.
4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God." Psalm 146:3
The word of God tells us to not put our hope in powerful people. Then it goes on stating that a person whose hope is in the Lord is "joyful". Trusting in God and depending on Him for happiness reaps far better results than when we depend on another human being or an object.
It is not to say that we can't love certain things that hold meaning or take pleasure in other people's company, however, once we depend on those things and make them the source of our happiness it become idolatry.
Yes, one can idolize an object and a human. In fact, there is a Jimmy Needham song that says, "ANYTHING I put before my God is an idol, ANYTHING I want with all my heart is an idol, ANYTHING I can't stop thinking of is an idol, ANYTHING that I give all my all is an idol."
After hearing those lyrics it really got me thinking. This doesn't mean we aren't allowed to love people, have dreams, or give our absolute best in all that we do. It just means that as we do all of these things God still has to be the center. He still has to come first, and He always has to be our main source of happiness.
Having God as your source, will make you feel more confident in the fact that even though sometimes things don't turn out the way we originally planned them, there is something far greater that God has planned for us. Something that we obviously did not envision for ourselves. I can assure you that when things don't go as you planned them, God allowed that to happen because He has something that He thought would be more beneficial for you.
That is one of he perks of having God as our source of happiness, You have someone, who is perfect, to fall back on. Especially on those days where you don't feel your very best because trust me we all have those days. The great thing though is that we have a Great and Powerful God who understands.
So smile big today, and always remember to examine yourself to check whether or not God is your source of happiness.
"The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving."