Steer Your Life Towards Happiness!

Good morning wonderful world!  Yes, indeed it is a beautiful world. 

I know that the political scene can be challenging and at times vindictive and malicious.  I understand that everything does not always go the way I planned, but when I looked outside my window early this morning, I was captivated by the beauty all around me.  It rained last night, there were big puddles of water all around my newly planted yard which drowned out some of the new grass, but instead of focusing on what was wrong, I chose to see the beauty all around me, to smell the fresh earth, to listen to the birds singing, and to breathe deeply. 

I made a decision a long time ago that I would choose happiness.  Yes, it is a choice!  The apostle Paul reminds me that I can 'learn' contentment.  He said in Philippians 4: 11 "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."  I love the fact that Paul chose to be happy and content whether he was hungry or not.  In other words, his happiness was not based on circumstances.  We think happiness comes when we have everything we want.  Take a look at Hollywood my friend, very few of those people are happy despite all their material wealth and fame.  

Here are a few guidelines I would suggest to steering your life towards inner contentment:

1.  Make some choices:  Choose to see the beauty around you, the good in people, the blessing of family and friends, the privilege of having work, the joy of love in your life.  Sure, some family members can at times be challenging, but they are your flesh and blood.  Don't look for all the faults ...look for the blessings.

2.  Don't make comparisons:  Other people may have a nicer home, a more suitable work environment, more material goods, easier home situations, but you woke up breathing. And that means you have another day to live!  God will give you grace for your race.  I often say that you don't know what it is to walk in someone else's shoes even if those shoes look very comfortable.  Those shoes won't fit you, be happy in your own shoes.  Quit comparing and competing, it doesn't make for a happy heart.

3. Think good thoughts:  I know that sounds a little trite, but our thoughts are more important than we realize.  They are our silent words that run through our minds, but they determine the health of our soul more than anything else.  That is why it is important to dwell on the good not on the bad.

Take time in your day to intentionally reflect on all the good things in your life.  When negative thoughts invade your mind don't dwell on them...choose to think happy thoughts. Friend, you are breathing, you are reading this blog, you are alive...that is a good reason to be happy. 

I pray that your day will be joy filled!

I am and always will be,

recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,

I love this photo of our little Ava - it typifies contentment!

I love this photo of our little Ava - it typifies contentment!