This weekend, we covered the topic of happiness. It was based on Psalm 118:24: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” The point is, too many people are waiting on happiness to simply “arrive,” when Psalm 118:24 teaches us that it’s a choice we make each and every day. Here are some thoughts to consider.
Plan to be happy
First, ask yourself this question: Am I planning on being happy, or am I just assuming happiness is going to find its way to me? If it’s the latter, then let me assure you, happiness doesn’t simply trip and fall on anyone! If you want to be happy, just as you do with success, you have to plan for it. You can start by agreeing with Psalm 118:24!
Plot to be happy
Proverbs 16:9 says that although we may plan our way, the Lord establishes our steps. That means whatever our plan may be, it’s the step-by-step plot that helps us achieve that plan. Just as great athletes work toward their goals, so we have to work toward our plan to be happy. So, if we plan to be happy financially, we have to plot a priority driven budget. If we plan to be happy in our marriage, we have to plot ways to bring our spouse joy, like thoughtful gifts or date nights. If we plan to be happy as parents, we have to plot to help our children succeed and mature into healthy, intelligent adults who we can be proud of. The plan is the picture. The plot is the numbers.
Play to be happy
Too often, we give up on simple things that make us happy. Don’t give up on the simple things that bring you joy. Exercise. Eat healthy. Calendar fun engagements. Make time for your hobbies. Don’t give up on doing things that you enjoy (and that make you happy) simply because you have a mortgage and a car payment. Our responsibilities aren’t going anywhere, so let’s make time around them to play a little!
Ultimately, this is the day that the Lord has made. That is a fact. But whether or not we rejoice in it is a choice that each and every one of us has to make.