When I hear the expression, ‘happy, happy, happy’, I immediately think of the crusty old patriarch of the wildly successful TV series ‘Duck Dynasty’. He utters those words quite frequently. It doesn’t seem to take much to make him happy. On that show, some seemingly insignificant little event will take place to which reacts with a ‘thumbs up’ accompanied by his “happy, happy, happy”. If he is ever rattled by adversity, it sure doesn’t show. I get the impression that he’s just normally a pretty happy guy.
That wonderful ‘happy, happy, happy’ attitude should be a major goal in our lives. We should strive every day to make it a happy day. God wants us to be happy. Even the authors of our vaunted Declaration of Independence decreed that one of our “unalienable rights” was the “Pursuit of Happness” given to us by our creator— not happiness itself, but the right to pursue happiness. And indeed we pursue! Tom T. Hall, noted songwriter of yesteryear, penned some lyrics wherein he defined the road to happiness as, “It’s faster horses; Younger women; Older whiskey; More money”. Untold millions agree with that philosophy! Following that particular philosophy, we frequent all sorts of entertainment venues, purchase all sorts of toys and spend billions of dollars on lottery tickets. Many of us will turn to alcohol, tranquilizers, and other mind altering drugs in an effort to escape reality. Many men think they can achieve true happiness if they take that trophy bride; with women it’s often the sugar daddy—only to find that about half of such marriages will eventually lead to an unhappy ending. Even our churches are often filled with unhappy people—not necessarily seeking a relationship with God, but seeking various social contacts—only to find that happiness is often that proverbial ‘elusive carrot’.
However, God knows the secret to happiness. He wrote the Book on it! In 2 Corinthians 4:18, we are told (concerning material things) that if we can see it, it will go away (paraphrased). No true lasting happiness there. Then in Philippians 4:8 we are told that happiness is a state of mind. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things (NASB)”. The Apostle Paul proved that to be true. In Philippians 4:11 he wrote, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am (NASB)
So, there it is: LIFE IS SHORT; BE HAPPY; DON’T OBCESS OVER TEMPORAL THINGS; THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS! Take note of this little Scripture, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7 NASB)