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Earthly Happiness is Cheap // Nikki Charnstrom

By October 2, 2018All Posts

I’m not sure if you browse through Glamour Magazine’s YouTube channel like I do, but the content they produce is actually quite insightful. They bring together women of all ages from all backgrounds to answer questions centered around experiences, aspirations and life advice. Once you set aside some time to watch these videos, you’ll come to find one underlying theme — happiness.

 

 

Whether they are discussing future goals or the life advice they’d ask from a much older woman, it always comes down to this search for happiness. Isn’t it a bit odd that even after everything this world has to offer us, it just never seems to be enough? We buy inspirational coffee mugs and motivational t-shirts because we simply want to be surrounded by things that lift our spirits. We make countless trips to Hobby Lobby and the oh, so dangerous Target searching for items to decorate our homes with because we need a space that fills our souls. We follow encouraging Instagram feeds and double-tap on our favorite influencer’s posts because it helps us feel connected — and in one way or another, we settle for a social media community because in reality we’re unbearably lonely. We create online dating profiles as a last resort to finding love because we’re under the impression that another person can make our lives complete.

 

 

You see, happiness is something every living, breathing person longs for. It doesn’t matter if you’re 12-years-old or 80-years-old, the pursuit of being happy will stay with us until we’ve reached eternity. No one wakes up and wishes to have a bad day — that would be wild.

 

 

The human condition is unpredictable and erratic. Our short attention spans cause us to lose interest in one thing and move onto something else entirely. In most cases, when a particular thing or individual stops bringing us happiness, we cut it out of our lives and find a replacement.

 

 

We are all guilty of giving into the world’s “guarantees” of happiness but how often do we actually feel satisfied? Take a minute to think about the last thing you purchased. Was it a necessity or a impulse decision? If you slightly raised your hand for the latter, don’t worry — I’m feeling all kinds of conviction too, sister! We settle for cheap alternatives every single day.

 

 

Can I tell you a secret? We’ve been looking for happiness in all of the wrong places. *GASP* I know, it’s hard to believe — but it’s true. I can think of so much money I’ve wasted and dates gone wrong in this ridiculous hunt for happiness.

 

 

Wherever you are right now, take a deep breath and let go of whatever it is in your mind you’re chasing after. *inhale… and exhale* Feel better? Good, because I’m going to need you to pay attention.

 

 

The ONLY source of happiness in existence that can promise to be life-giving is Jesus. His supply will never run dry or disappoint. He will continue to bless you day in and day out — but you must first come to admire Him. The Lord will follow through with His promise of happiness to you, but it’s up to you to show Him just how much you trust and respect Him.

 

 

Psalm 128:1-2
“How happy is everyone
who fears the Lord,
who walks in his ways!
You will surely eat
what your hands have worked for.
You will be happy,
and it will go well for you.”

 

I can point to many times in my life where I settled for something far less than Jesus, and every time I did the happiness was only temporary. I don’t know about you but I want something far greater than happiness — I want joy, a never-ceasing joy. I don’t want my mood to be dependent on my circumstances. Even in those moments where I question what God is doing, I want to have the utmost respect for His decisions.

 

 

I hope, this week, you can find this happiness I’m talking about. If you’re not sure where to even begin, take a moment to sit before the Lord in conversation. Speak highly of Him and reflect on the goodness He’s brought in your life already. It all starts with a praise-filled heart.

 

 

I know you’re on your own journey to finding happiness, but won’t you invite the Man who created you to lead the way?

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