Note: I want to add I’m only talking about unhappiness, not unhappiness associated with depression and/or anxiety. Those are more serious. But if any of these suggestions can help at all, that I am grateful for.
Memories flashed before my mind while my eyes rested reading a post. Simple words, “I am unhappy.”
Even thinking back to a couple days ago, I answer silently, “I hear you, I was thinking the same.”
The phrase alone takes root in our soul long before we acknowledge it. Sometimes, like a few days ago, it is simply a moment. A few minutes, an hour, or most of the day. Maybe it’s hormones, maybe it’s an off day, or maybe it is something trying to resurface that has never been fully dealt with?
Happiness Can’t Come From Self
Happiness is often built upon lies. The world pushes senses of entitlement, gain, and instant gratification. The moment we do not feel these feelings, we become displeased.
A lot of happiness is centered around self. Instead of what we can do to help others, which will help us be happy, it is about what others are not doing to make us happy. I openly admit I’ve been guilty of this.
Focused so much on my own efforts, what I’ve given for others, I obviously deserve for others to make me happy. Justified? In the world’s eyes, yes. But in the eyes of Jesus?
(NLT) Philippians 2:13-15 “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Do everything without complaining and arguing so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
Truth Fights Against Darkness
We are called to stand out. Through our calling God empowers us through His love and His unending power. In weakness, God is strength. In fact, weakness allows our eyes to be opened.
Humility falls upon our shoulders. Not for mockery, but for encouragement. With that encouragement, we can move forward. It is with humility we see the bigger picture of our life, and our purpose.
We should have focused on our personal lives. But hopefully, we are putting focus on goals and achievements we intend on working on to complete for the glory of God. Self-glory is all but fading as we speak.
As soon as one accomplishment is fulfilled, we focus on the next one. Versus if our goals are meant for God and others, then those accomplishments continue to live on not only through us, but others.
Our self can be so absorbed we don’t realize the harm we are doing. Instead of focusing on the good, we see only flaws.
So in the midst of trying to serve God and the needs of others, simple thoughts whisper.
“You could have done better.”
“Why do you always mess up?”
We don’t need enemies.
We are our enemy.
God Has Blessed Us
God does not leave us walking in darkness. He equips us with weapons formed from scripture and armor crafted from prayer. Our relationship with Him is not a lie. His promises remain true.
God is faithful. Silent to us sometimes, yet forever listening to us. We may be blind to Him, but He is not blind to us.
(NLT) 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me–and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by His grace.”
The littlest of effort we put to Him matters. The littlest assurance we cling to matters. I want to share with you a phrase I myself am working on using as a reminder. “You are blessed more than you know.”
It’s hard to think that way. We want to focus on what we don’t have and what we are struggling through. But these reminders are weapons to fight against the demons of our thoughts. These are blessings God has given us.
What We Take For Granted
Take a breath.
Look around. Can you see? Can you walk?
Do you have a roof over your head?
Food in the pantry or fridge or freezer? Enough food to debate what to make for dinner or money to go out to eat?
Do you have to budget every single cent down to a penny for your paycheck? Do you have a savings?
Do you have a job? Does someone provide for you?
Can you lay your head down on a pillow? Do you have a bed, an air mattress?
Do you have multiple outfits to wear or shoes?
Are you reading this?
Did you go to school?
Are you not grieving?
Did you receive a hug in the past week or day?
Did you smile today? Smile today.
Did you know you are loved? You are loved.
Did you know you are important? You are important.
You make an impact to others and this world. You are a reason for life to continue.
Do you have dreams? Make more.
Be an inspiration.
Do you have goals? Plan them out. Create goals.
Jesus’ Promises Of Blessings
Sunshine. Trees. Everyday life around us. There are all sorts of glimpses of hope around us. Jesus knows the path we walk isn’t easy. It isn’t meant to be. Those that promise life is easy are liars. But Jesus promises us these blessings. (NIV) Matthew 5:03-11
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Meek means gentle)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.”
We can’t grow in peace. We grow through hardships. We learn from the past and amend what needs to be forgiven. We shake the dust off when we have no control over situations or people. We grow, not from the pain we cling to, but the faith and trust God gives us.
The moments we lift our head when everything around us falls, that’s the moment we gain strength.
That’s the moment we whisper to our thoughts, “Be still. I am redeemed and not in chains. And my God keeps His word.”
And we take a breath and remember . . .
(NLT) Colossians 1:29 “That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.”
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