Beware categorizing something as good or bad or as positive or negative.
And especially beware categorizing something as good or bad or positive or negative based on how happy you are.
Instead categorize your current situation as helpful or not helpful or better yet, as God-honoring or not God-honoring whether you’re happy or not.
You can be happy eating a dozen krispy kreme donuts but that experience is probably not positive and most certainly not helpful (if you want to live through the week).
I have had people very sincerely tell me of how happy they were while committing adultery on their spouse. I’m sure robbing a bank could be a very positive experience and I bet calling in sick and going fishing could probably make you very happy, but none of these examples are helpful and most certainly are not God-honoring.
Speaking from personal experience, sitting in my easy chair eating ice cream and watching something on television makes me happy. Spending hours playing with my grandchildren makes me happy. Sleeping late is a very happy experience for me. But none of these things are necessarily helpful, except maybe spending hours with my grandchildren. 🙂
Sometimes the very best thing you can do is forget being happy for awhile and instead grit your teeth and bear up bravely through the situation that is working together for your good.
Sometimes life is like taking chemo, you have to go through certain seasons and situations in order to really live.
Sometimes life is like a long all uphill drive on narrow dangerous roads; you have to navigate those roads to get to the top where the beautiful view is.
Remember, getting better usually requires being brave not being happy.
- The ONE THING for today: Decide that “all things work together” really means all things—whether you’re happy at the moment or not.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)