Where Does Your Happiness Come From?

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We’ve all met those kind of people. The one’s who always seem to be in a funk. Chances are that we’ve also been that person ourselves. I myself have struggled throughout my lifetime with being consistently happy. Being a person with a disability I’ve faced the awkward looks, people who are overly eager to help, and people who ignore me altogether. Me being the people oriented yet independent person I am found that these kind of people took away from my happiness. For a long time I based my happiness on what I could do or who I could impress. The problem with that was that I always found things I could not do no matter how much I modified them to fit my abilities. I also found many people who didn’t care what I achieved. For a period of my life I let those people and my personal inabilities to get to me and, if I’m being honest, it sucked. It sucked to live in a way that always sought to live up to other peoples expectations, because I always fell short. It sucked to base my happiness on my own abilities because there was always something I failed at. I always have enjoyed preparing and eating food and at one point in my life considered going to culinary school to become a chef. Even with that kind of passion I realized that my happiness from it always went away. Then several years ago I began praying that God would show me a source of consistent happiness. A few days after starting this prayer in my life I read across John 16:33-“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” It was then I realized that my constant source of happiness was Jesus. Jesus gave his followers a gift that will live beyond any earthly disappointment, eternal life, and with that eternal life comes hope, a hope that assures us that all the beat-downs we get in this life will be worth it. When I read that passage in John my mind jumped to Deuteronomy 31:6-“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Because of those passages I’m a happier person. I’m still not consistently happy, but happier than I was before, and I hope to be happier tomorrow than I am today. It’s a process. I hope you will find your source of happiness not in yourself or others, but in something that won’t fade quickly.

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