We clamor for happiness. And usually happiness is dependent upon certain desires within us. A new car might make some happy. Or a new puppy. Or dress. Or house. Or mate. Or…..Happiness is a circumstantial matter. If conditions are right, we feel happy. But there is something far greater to be grasped than this.
In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul says: “He has learned that whatever state he is in he needs to be content. He knows how to be abased and he knows how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned to be both full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Paul is saying here that he knows the good times and he also knows the times when he didn’t have much. But, no matter what he was going through, he could always lean on Christ to get him through. He learned to be content with what he had, good or bad.
In 1st Timothy 6:6-12, Paul is giving instruction to Timothy (And us). He states in verse 6 that Godliness with contentment is great gain. Be a Christian and be happy with what you have!! He goes on to say we brought nothing into this world and we can take nothing out. Having food and clothing along with being a Christian we shall be content. Temptation and snares come to those who strive to have riches. These bring about foolish and harmful lusts, which will drown men in destruction. The love of money (And Things) is a root for all kinds of evil. Many will stray from their faithfulness in their greediness, and pierce themselves through with many sorrows (And Depression). He then finishes this thought with telling us to flees those things and and pursue: RIGHTEOUSNESS, GODLINESS, FAITH, LOVE, PATIENCE, and GENTLENESS.
Contentment has nothing to do with our circumstances. You see, our joy does not depend on the size of our bank account or whether your house is larger that the neighbor’s. BE CONTENT!! And thus happiness will become an ever present by-product. Our contentment comes from our relationship with God and the Faith we hold onto.
SMILE God loves YOU!! Have a good day all.