This morning I was thinking of ways to challenge someone in a rut, but I ended up challenging myself. And now I want to spread that challenge to you by asking you the following:
When, in your adult life, have you felt the most happy?
If your answer is not ‘now,’ what were you doing during your happiest time that you could do now to find/create happiness?
I was pretty pleased with myself for thinking of these questions, until I realized I couldn’t answer them.
But this set of questions is important. We need to be aware of what makes us feel happy and fulfilled so that we can be intentional about pursuing that.
And I’m not talking about getting the new iPhone or a trip to Disneyland, because that happiness goes away. I’m talking about the deep, soul-is-filled type of happiness.
I also believe that happiness is to some extent a choice. For example, in some of my most difficult times I have felt the most fulfilled and content. (And conversely, sometimes when everything in life has been good on the surface, it’s not so good inside.)
I feel myself beginning to ramble, and I know that my life experience is far dwarfed by some of yours and my thoughts and beliefs are limited in comparison, but please, try to answer those questions for yourself. I will do the same.
And as I close I am reminded of one of my favorite verses (though now I’m not sure how much it relates) (but I still like it and I hope you let it speak to you):
2 Corinthians 12:8-10: Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.