Seekers is a podcast focused on answering common life questions through the infinite wisdom of God’s living word – The Holy Bible.
With the fourth of July around the corner I thought it apt to look at one of the core principles our country was founded on. You’ll find the popular phrase “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” in the United States Declaration of Independence. According to the document these three unalienable rights have been given to all human beings by their Creator, and which governments are created to protect. That’s a lot to jam into a short podcast, so let’s keep the focus on the last one, the pursuit of happiness.
Many have made the pursuit and attainment of happiness a complicated matter. Just look at some recent magazine titles.
Americans are free to pursue happiness, but there’s no guarantee we’ll achieve it. The secret is knowing how — and where — to look
And a headline from the Atlantic reads:
There’s More to Life Than Being Happy
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
Ummm, no. Wrong. Not even close to being right.
Here’s the thing, finding happiness, and staying happy isn’t hard at all. It’s right in front of our noses. The editors at Time and the Atlantic might want to dust off their bibles and learn a thing or two when it comes to happiness.
In this episode of Seekers I look at what the word of God says about happiness, where to find it, and how to keep it forevermore.
Lord this world tells us that being happy isn’t easy, but your word shines the light of truth on the darkness of this world. Let those that are struggling with feeling happy and content take this message to heart, seek your Will for their lives, and live in the abundance you have for them. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Are you ready to be happy? Great, let’s get to it. Here’s three steps to ensure you are happy each and everyday.
Step 1 – Ask – Where’s Your Treasure?
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
This verse changed my life in the way I view each day. I used to be concerned with material things like making money, or having a nice car or house. But I realized that my treasure was not where it was supposed to be, and it was making me miserable.
If you treasure the things of this world (material fleeting things that will be worthless in eternity) you become a slave to them. You can’t be happy, because what you treasure isn’t happy. You will always be let down.
However, if you treasure God, and His son Jesus, who died for your sins and mine, and was risen again on the third day, and is sitting at the right hand of God, then you can start to be happy.
Think about this for a minute. If your treasure is Jesus, truly in your heart, then what would you do each day? How would you act toward others? It changes your entire life when you make the conscious choice to treasure Jesus ABOVE all other things.
This is an active pursuit. You don’t just say it and forget it. You have to live it. So, where’s your treasure?
Step 2 – Ask Daily – Where’s Your Mind?
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Sometimes the bible hits us over the head with a big ball of common sense. This is one of those verses. If you keep your mind on the Lord it won’t be able to go to the negative places that it often does. If you’re focused on God you won’t have room in that noodle of yours to stew on the person that did you wrong, or the test you have coming up, or the coworker you can’t stand. Your mind will be filled with Jesus, and what He’s done for you, and what He’s coming back to do!
Life gets hectic. The speed of life seems to constantly increase. And the enemy will use this to confuse you into thinking you have to focus on something other than the risen Lord. I have news for you, that’s a losing game! Matter of fact, I can prove it.
Chances are you’ve been focusing on all the other stuff for most of your life, and how’s that worked out? If you aren’t happy, and if you are struggling, then you need a rework when it comes to focus, and keeping your mind stayed on Jesus is the ONLY way to go.
Now how can you do that? Well through reading and meditating on the scripture. I keep a King James Bible with me in my bookbag nearly wherever I go. Apps now have daily verse push notifications you can enable. Bible studies are good. Fellowship with other believers. Testifying to what Christ has done in your life. Praying before that big test, praying before every meal, getting up early and spending 30 minutes with the Lord in quiet prayer and bible reading. The list could go on, and on. But the point is the same, keep your mind stayed on thee, and you will have perfect peace.
Step 3 – Serve Others
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
If our treasure is in the Lord, and our mind is stayed on Jesus, then we are in spirit – to borrow a tech term – fully optimized to be happy. But we aren’t sitting around all day in a bubble. No, we are living in a world full of lost and broken people that need God as much as we do. So we must act out our faith each day to truly be happy.
How? By serving others. This starts with a servant mentality. Are you putting others before yourself? You should. Jesus put you before His own life when He died on the cross – and He is the manifest son of God. How much more should you put others before yourself? Let’s try all the time.
Instead of waiting for someone to knock on your door and ask you to serve, make it a priority to go out and do it on your own. There are so many opportunities to serve others. From giving a cold bottle of water to a beggar on the side of the road, to praying with family and friends for their needs, to stopping by a nursing home to spend time with the residents, you should never run out of things that you can do when it comes to serving others.
Again, this is how awesome service is for our minds. We take the negative thoughts and burdens of our own life and put them aside to carry those of another. This allows your mind to focus on being a blessing, rather than whatever it was concerned about in your own life.
This is how happiness works. Humility through service. Getting joy out of helping others as God has so amazingly helped us.
There you have it. Happiness in a nutshell. It’s really not that complicated at all. It’s not something you need a lot of money to have, or status, or anything else other than the word of God, a pure heart toward Him, and a willingness to serve others. These are all things you can do TODAY, and they will make you happy. I can testify to that. And so does Jesus:
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.