Be Happy!

Written by M. Larson

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“The joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b).

“Happy people are noticed and remembered,” wrote Dr. Jean Rosenbaum. Happy people have better health.  They stand out in a crowd.  They seem to grow old slowly.  They have good muscle tone, skin color, and coordination. Their eyes are bright, their posture erect and their digestion is good.”

Who wouldn’t like to be this kind of person?  Certainly we would all like to be happy!  We all desire good health, good digestion, and a good appearance.  And most of us prefer to look younger than we really are (unless we’re teenagers).

Dr. Rosenbaum had some helpful suggestions about how to be happy. He advises people to learn to respect themselves, sharpen their powers of observation, eliminate fear from their lives, and count their blessings.  He also says that they shouldn’t waste time on regrets.  If people would follow this advice, it would no doubt help their lives to be happier–on a human level.

Lasting Joy

The only trouble is that the kind of happiness or joy reached solely on a human level will of necessity be that which is temporary.  At the first wind of adversity, it will topple.  As Hannah Whitall Smith wrote in her book, Everyday Religion, “If we want a joy that no man can take from us, we must find it in something no man can disturb.  No element of joy that is subject to human fluctuations can be in the least depended on.  The only lasting joy is to be found in the everlasting God.”

We can have the fullness of joy, whatever our environment or situation in life, by consistently walking with God.  By receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior, we begin this walk (John 14:6).  By allowing Him to have full control in our hearts, our thoughts, and our actions, we continue walking closely to God.

Have you ever noticed how often the Apostle Paul used the words “rejoice” and “joy” in his letters in the Bible?  His happiness did not stem from a perfect set of circumstances.  (He was in jail he wrote many of those epistles.)  Rather, Paul’s joyous outlook was due to his close walk with the Lord.  Although you may experience pain, problems, temptations, and trials, when you are abiding in Christ “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10), just as it was Paul’s.

One of the happiest persons I ever knew was a man who had been confined to a wheelchair most of his life.  Furman’s body was twisted and deformed, his head overlarge.  He lived with frequent pain.  He had never learned to read, but avidly drank in the Word of God whenever I read it to him.  His love for the Lord and trust in God radiated from his face and in everything he said.  He was the most thankful person I ever had the joy of knowing!

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. If we are filled with the Spirit because we have yielded to the Lord, then we will be filled with joy.  Nothing in this world can rob us of this joy!

The joy of the Lord gives people better health, better dispositions, and better countenances.  It helps them respect themselves and others, derive greater enjoyment from God’s beautiful creation, live without anxiety, and have a continually thankful attitude.  The Bible says, “Let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you” (Psalm 5:11).

Questions: Are you a joyful person? If not, why is the joy God talks about escaping you?

About the Author Muriel Larson

2 Responses to “Be Happy!”

  • Barbara says:

    Sometimes I am joyful other times I am not…however when the latter gets the best of me as soon as I cast off that old attitude the JOY of the Lord comes rushing back in…what a wonderful Saviour we have when we call upon Him to see us through some of the most heartwrenching times filled with His “Peace and Joy”…

  • Eloise says:

    Thank you for this statement: “The only trouble is that the kind of happiness or joy reached solely on a human level will of necessity be that which is temporary.”

    Happiness on a human level is an emotion that comes and goes. However, the joy offered by our heavenly Father is everlasting. I do agree, it does take work. I am grateful to know that God’s love and grace gives us the time (one day at a time) to endeavor in the categories you mentioned: “by consistently walking with God. By receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior,… By allowing Him to have full control in our hearts, our thoughts, and our actions, we continue walking closely to God.”

    Thank you again.

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