It’s something we all want.
In the midst of our busyness and running….
Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.
~ John Barrymore
How much better would we be if we consciously left the door to happiness open, everyday?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life. Consumed with work, projects, tasks, errands, appointments, and running here and there, we often leave no margin or open door for happiness to present itself.
Chasing after happiness for happiness’ sake is inward focused rather than outward focused and a sure way to become like Eeyore.
But…happiness will flow into our lives when we look to bless others, when we put margin in our days to enjoy our relationships and see the beauty of the world around us, and when we engage in activities which utilize our gifts and graces.
So how about it?
Will you consciously leave the door to happiness open today?
I’ve made this graphic available for a free printable download here.
Print it out as 5×7 and frame it as a lovely reminder.
Thank you to Keren at Free Pretty Things for You for this sweet bubble graphic I used in my printable.
**UPDATE: Evidently this post is a bit controversial, based on emails and unsubscribes. Because of this I feel the need to write a ‘disclaimer’ of sorts.
The other day I came across the quote above and I liked it. Why? Because I know people who, though they have a relationship with Jesus, just aren’t very happy people. Over the years I have seen how ‘life’ swallows up some people and they miss the happiness of a sunrise, or birds singing, or a silly joke, or even a neighbor’s greeting. I also know that God cares about our happiness. There are verses in the Book of Proverbs that begin, “Happy is the man who…” and then there is this verse in Isaiah 53…”Those inclined toward Him, waiting for His help, will find happiness.” I am quite aware that the happiness in each of those verses is directly correlated to following God and his instruction. I am also quite aware that we often mistake happiness for joy which is a deep abiding sense of contentment that has no relationship to our circumstances. I also read in the Bible that God “delights” in all kinds of things. Have you not seen the delight in a child’s eyes when something wonderful happens. Delight is sheer happiness. And if God “delights” in something…so should we.
I say all this to help you understand that this post was meant to simply be that little nudge to take delight in the little things in your day. It was meant to be lighthearted and not theological. To encourage all of us to be outward focused rather than inward focused. To live life fully. To be happy people with whom others want to be around. All of that.
Sometimes people who call themselves Christ followers believe that in leading a godly life we must be dourful. The fact is, we need to be the happiest, most joy-filled, grateful people in our corners of the world.
I’m sure that all those who unsubscribed will not be reading this post. I doubt that it would have made a difference. I’m guessing those of you who are regular readers know my heart. And you know that one of my goals here is to inspire you to live life fully and beautifully. It’s part of living the abundant life that Jesus died to give us.
So, my friend…live life fully and richly today. Bless those around you. Thank God for his goodness, grace, and generosity. Laugh, and dance, and sing praises. And be happy.
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