Life is hard and meant to stretch us. Yet happiness is the object and design of our existence and men are that they might have joy. Clearly God defined these terms differently than the world because in the world I happiness and joy seem to be connected to things going easily. But we read stories like The Hiding Place and we see Betsy Ten Boom finding joy and happiness in a prison camp, being grateful for the fleas. Virtue, uprightness, and doing the will of God in all things is the path to joy and happiness but will lead us to challenges that seem beyond our capacity to bear, to heartache of loss, to all kinds of necessary sacrifice. Happiness seems more connected to what we surrender than what we obtain. Surrender to God leads to joy and happiness. The things we lose we can give away instead. The unmet expectations can be surrendered to Him and swallowed up in His will as we choose Him over ourselves.
Life is hard and meant to stretch us. Yet happiness is the object and design of our existence and men are that they might have joy. Clearly God defined these terms differently than the world because in the world I happiness and joy seem to be connected to things going easily. But we read stories like The Hiding Place and we see Betsy Ten Boom finding joy and happiness in a prison camp, being grateful for the fleas. Virtue, uprightness, and doing the will of God in all things is the path to joy and happiness but will lead us to challenges that seem beyond our capacity to bear, to heartache of loss, to all kinds of necessary sacrifice. Happiness seems more connected to what we surrender than what we obtain. Surrender to God leads to joy and happiness. The things we lose we can give away instead. The unmet expectations can be surrendered to Him and swallowed up in His will as we choose Him over ourselves.
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