Matthew 18:2-3 (NKJV) Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Why not be happy—at least most of the time. Of course there will be times when happiness is pretty much impossible. I remember a few years ago when my sister died, the pain and grief were so severe that I did not have it in me to be happy during that sad season of the soul.
However and thankfully, those days are the exception not the norm.
So why allow little things to rob you of your happiness?
Yesterday I shared the vital principle that being happy is a choice; most people who are happy are so in spite of.
Another characteristic that I have observed about happy people is that they live in the moment. They do not allow the past (even a few minutes earlier) to rob them of the opportunity to be happy now. In addition, they do not allow the future—what might happen to rob them of the happy moments of right now.
I’ve seen this modeled in my own home all my life. My dad—soon to be 80, amazes me. My dad can be happy at the drop of a hat and he will drop the hat. I’ve observed him going through extremely difficult seasons of life but at any given moment he is happily involved in being happy. My wife of 35+ years is the same. We can be going through a difficult time when the pressure is on and the stakes are high and she will insist on having a good belly laugh about something. I’ll be tempted to be sad and depressed but I have trouble doing so because she’s joyfully singing. The secret? She and dad both have the wonderful capacity to live in the moment.
I’m getting better at this since I’ve become a grandparent. The world can be falling apart and all my grandchildren want is a cookie and a hug—right now. I’ve learned to join in: nothing breeds happiness like sharing a cookie and stealing a little “papa sugar” while giving a “bear hug”.
Perhaps that is why Jesus said that we had to be like little children if we hoped to enter into the kingdom of heaven—there is no one better at living in the now than children.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am not where my father and wife are in practicing this principle. I am prone to allow the backwash of yesterday and the incoming tide of tomorrow to rob me of the happiness of the moment—but I’m getting better; it’s a choice.
Let’s you and I make that choice today.
Let’s choose to be happy today by living in the moment—yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come, we’d better take advantage of right now; it’s all we really have.
Bottom line, wherever we are, let’s be all there–happily.