How to be Happy
“God spoke to me and told me that it was ok to have the BMW, not the minivan. We’ll figure out where to put the kids later.”
One of the big lies that is often espoused about Christianity is that God wants to give us enough of what we want so that we’re happy. One apostle had a much different take on happiness, though:
“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”—Phil 4:11-13
God wants us to be happy, but through Him, not through things of this temporary world. In fact, when He states how He wants us to be happy, He says,
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”—Romans 15:13
The joy and peace comes by believing in God, and of a better, eternal future, and causes us to have unfathomable hope. If you’re going through a setback, focus on the future, because it’s brighter than any of us can imagine. When I was homeless, that’s what I did, and it made even that part of my life happy!