Happiness in Hard Times
by Cynthia Jennings | June 17, 2020
How can I be happy during hard times? It’s a hard time! This hard time needs to pass so that I can get back to happiness.
The kind of happiness that matters during hard times has nothing to do with birthdays, special occasions accomplishments or accolades. Instead, happiness is personal and not contingent upon what someone else thinks. Happiness can occur during hard times if we understand the simplicity of happiness.
Simplicity of happiness has nothing to do with abilities or gifting, feats or great achievement. Simplicity of happiness is simply a selfless devotion to Jesus Christ that allows nothing or no one to come between you and Him.
Having a simple selfless devotion to Jesus Christ will help you understand the following:
*Happiness is not a thing to be achieved but it is a thing to be experienced. It’s a way of life.
*It’s a choice one makes to love one self enough to live in gratitude, even during the hard times.
*Don’t hide or pretend the hard times isn’t real. Acknowledge and find positive meanings and emotions.
*Give up wrong idea/perspective about what makes you happy and stop comparing your happiness to others thus overlooking or not pursuing your own bliss.
*Being grateful feeds your happiness, taking the focus solely off the hard times.
When you find yourself allowing hard times to steal your happiness, we’ve all been there. Don’t just think about your selfless devotion to Jesus Christ think about His selfless devotion to you.
PEARLStoPONDER: Are you allowing hard times to hinder your happiness?
Psalm 30:5b--- Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalms 30:11-- You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.
Mark 10:45-- For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
John 3:16-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.