There is not a good chance to become, more importantly remain, happy, peaceful, joyful or content when I look to outside sources. It's all within my reach. This is mostly good news. It becomes challenging when I realize I've wasted a lot of time feeling depressed, believing happiness depended on my circumstances.
Everyone goes through hard times at some point in their lives. I have spent a lot of time reflecting on this because my life is set around a difficult situation. It has caused me a lot of distress, at the same time, I want to be here. Therefore, it has become paramount for me to learn how to be content and happy in the middle of it.
I would be lying if I said it was easy. Even though I know I have the power to change how I feel, it is still a struggle sometimes. When the work gets overwhelming or I feel unappreciated, I get frustrated. This is when it is most important to take a step back and breath.
What's really important here? It's not mopping the floors or mowing the lawn, it's caring for myself and my loved one in a meaningful way. Sure I get tired and feel alone a lot of the time, but I am not. God is right here with me. If only I take the time to breath and allow myself to let Him in.
Jesus went through some extreme times, yet he remained peaceful and happy. I believe this because so many followed him. He was invited to parties and sought after by many. People by and large do not want to be around people who are downcast and sour. He tells us in Matthew 11:20-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Merry Christmas!! Thank you Jesus for the ultimate example of how to be happy right where we are. Fantasizing the freedom to be joyful in all my circumstances.