I had a friend look me in the eye the other day and genuinely ask me, “How are you always happy?”
Well let me first begin by saying that I’m NOT always happy.
I do ALWAYS try to be happy though.
I do so by choosing to be happy. It’s a conscious decision day in and day out. No one else has the ability to make you happy. It’s always all on you.
It’s your perspective, your patience, your joy, your choice.
I think this world is a hard place to be. It is scary, it is evil, and there is so, so much to be negative about, to complain about, and to worry about.
But there’s even more things that are beautiful and wonderful. Things that are so very positive, things to rejoice, and things to celebrate!
There’s many ways to become a person who’s “always happy” and since my friend was genuinely looking for an answer, I’ll let you in on my secret!
It’s always him.
But here’s the thing. My friend is a Christian. Why isn’t she happy?
She is someone I admire, someone I pray with, someone who I know and believe trusts every word in the Bible. She exudes the grace of a strong God-fearing woman. But here’s what’s also true, she falls.
We all fall.
And just because I’m the one writing this post doesn’t mean I don’t fall.
When people comment on my smile, my joy, my grace, and/or my faith, I am so humbled. When I receive those comments it makes me feel that that’s why God put me here on Earth. To remind others that there’s always something to smile about.
But again, that’s not to say that I’m always smiling.
Honestly, these days joy comes naturally to me, but hasn’t always. Somewhere along the line you have to start consciously deciding to see the good in things, you have to start smiling even when you don’t feel like it.
There truly are so, so, so many beautiful things about this life! Give it a chance!
I make every effort to pause and think of the good when something bad happens. My friend Sara made a comment a few weeks back about seeing the good in spilling orange juice and I loved it! I’m sure I’m changing a bit of what she said, but her gist was that she had spilled orange juice all over her kitchen floor but she took joy in finding that there was still some left! That because of it spilling her floor is extra clean now. That she’s fortunate enough to even have orange juice and the refrigerator that it fell out of.
Let me put some things in perspective, if you’re letting spilled orange juice – or milk 😉 – ruin your day maybe you should think about someone who would give anything for a glass of juice, maybe you should think about someone who’s never even had a taste of orange juice!
I know it may sound silly to see so much good in spilling orange juice, but until you do, you’re not going to see a change in joy.
And if the “God thing” isn’t really where you’re at right now, that’s okay. Choose joy over all else, anyway.
YOU are the one that decides how your day is going to go, not the person that cut you off on your way to the store or your boss with his short, snippy emails. As I always told my fifth graders, who do YOU need to worry about? The answer is YOU!
YOU choose joy! YOU choose to see the silver lining! YOU choose to smile! YOU choose to remember that God put you here for a specific reason and it’s time you embrace this beautiful, crazy, awful, amazing, chaotic life!
You have to choose joy, consciously and intentionally, every single day, because believe me, it’s not going to come looking for you!