Joy

Are you sad? Depressed? Unhappy? Have you always been that way?

Sorry to say, that’s a strong indication that you aren’t a Christian. Ouch, right?

If you are living the life you’re called to live as a Christian, you won’t be able to help being joyful. Yes, poop will still happen to you even if you’re a Christian. Friends and family members will die and you’ll grieve. That’s different than being an unhappy person.

An overall lack of joy is the result of living at odds with what you know you should be living. If you’re a Christian, you will know in your heart how you should be living your life. Fighting against that (either actively or by default) is the surest way to be constantly and unfixably unhappy. God designed us to live a certain way, so it should go without saying that fighting it is going to make us unhappy.

People make the mistake of trying to treat the symptom instead of fixing the root problem. People that are unhappy try everything they can to change all of the tertiary things they think are making them unhappy, because honestly, they don’t want to have to live right. The problem is that wherever you go, there you are. Anesthetizing yourself through whatever vice you happen to have will only mask the symptom, but it will never really make you happy. It’s like taking Vicodin for your brain tumor.

If you want to be happy, you can’t do it by acquiring things, falling in “love”, drinking, hanging out with your friends, changing jobs, cutting your hair, eating a bowl of ice cream, or going to an amusement park. The only solution is to get your life right. So perhaps you should take it up with the man upstairs.

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  1 comment for “Joy

  1. Livieloo
    October 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    So you’re saying I should stop drinking with every meal?… haha, JUST KIDDING. Great points!

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