I just wanna be happy, but if I keep on doing the things
that keep on bringing me pain There's no one else I can blame.
If I'm not happy Wasted time but now I can see The biggest enemy, It was me
So I'm not happy....... ..
These are but a few of the lyrics to Kurt Franklin's newest hit, "Happy." In the lyrics he reminds the listener that happiness is a choice. Sometimes we get stuck we are in our own way. We are the ones standing in the way of our own happiness. Happiness depends on what is "Happening." In life you will have some good days and some bad days, You will experience being on the mountaintop of success and in the lonely valley of despair. The gospel message did not promise us that we would be "Happy, " but the Bible does say that we can have joy! Joy is a gift. We can experience joy even in the midst of our sorrow. "The joy of the Lord is our strength and my shield; my heart trust in him, and he helps me. We have to know that the blessings of the Lord it maketh rich, and He adds no sorrow to it." Proverbs 10:22).
Howbeit, with all that said, there is a factory of sadness resident in the lives of all of us, saved and unsaved!
A friend of mine is a diehard Cleveland Browns football fan. I bought a couple of Browns mementos for him to wear and keep to cheer him up. It is difficult if not almost impossible to find Cleveland Browns sports souvenirs in the NFL Shops in the malls around Hartford. I had to order from the NFL Shop on Amazon. This friend of mind has been accustomed to his fair share of disappointments as far as the winning verses losses of the Cleveland Browns franchise. Cleveland is one of only four teams to have never appeared in a Super Bowl championship game, the Browns have a loyal fan base that sticks with the team year in and year out. But because the fans usually end up disappointed, many of them now refer to the home stadium as the "Factory of Sadness."
Job reminded us that this life that we live is very short and full of trouble. This broken fallen world can be a "Factory of Sadness" too. When I think of my own life, I can witness to the devastation, sadness, loneliness that I have experienced as a result of disappointment on the job, death of loved ones, insecurities resulting from limited finances, loss of friendships, etc. Some of the choices that we make result in heartache, frustration, and disappointment.
But those of us who are saved, have a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus, do not respond, hope, depend on or trust in the fragile temporary physical things we see, possess or wish for in this life. The followers of Christ hope is entrusted in Him, not only in this life but in the life to come. Jesus said, " I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." (John 6:33). And then He goes on to tell us, Greater is He that is in you, then he that is in the world." ( 1John 4:4).
God does not make light of the fact that we will indeed struggle in this life, and experience some suffering that without his love, grace and power, literally kill us; but rather, He tells us not to focus on the storms that come in and our of your life and mine, focus instead on the one that calms the storm. Christ counters the winds and the waves of our sadness with promises that "Lo, I will be with you always, even unto the ends of the earth. He promises to give us a peace that surpasses all understanding. He promises to exchange weeping for joy. He promises victory, though the weapon might be formed, He reminds us that it will not prosper, (Isaiah 54:17).
Great peace is available in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His grace is able to do exceeding, abundantly, above all that we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20). We have to put Jesus in the drivers seat and let him take the wheel. "Don't give up on how you feel, say Jesus take the wheel, if you're not happy."
Jesus said to take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is like. Our bodies and mind are not able to carry the burdens that this ole world sends our way. Give it to Jesus today. He is our Helper in the midst of every storm.
Enjoy this sunny crisp, cold January day. Take hope, we have come almost to the end of January without much snowfall in the Hartford area. And as Always:
DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS"
ALSO, WHY NOT DROP ME A LINE TO TELL MY HOW THIESE BLOGS HAVE BLESSED YOU.
I KNOW SOMEONE IS READING THEM BECAUSE I GET THE STATS. BE BLESSED IN THE LORD.