Life’s circumstances don’t have to be happy for us to be happy.
Do you believe that sentence? If not, then this post is for you.
Today in my Proverbs 31 Devotion, The Perfect Medicine to Heal a Heart of Negativity, I shared about a time several years ago when my sweet sister Christie was having a serious surgery and the doctor came out to the waiting room and shared some unsettling news. Thankfully Christie is fine today, but the woman I encountered in the hospital that day whose heart was happy even though her circumstances weren’t, taught me a lesson I’ve never forgotten.
Little did I know how learning that lesson years ago would equip me for the circumstances of today, but it’s a lesson we all need to take to heart.
Life is always going to throw us curve balls. There is always going to be suffering of some sort. We will always have to deal with broken hearts, broken dreams, and broken spirits from time to time. But we never have to let our circumstances steal our happiness and joy completely because we always have God’s joy within reach if we choose to reach out for it.
During hard times, the only hope for happiness is the Anchor of our souls.
Life is just too short and precious to spend every day being grumpy, miserable and unhappy, even if our circumstances make it completely justified to do so. In fact, when we find ourselves in extremely hard times, people totally understand if we’re grumpy and downhearted, right? But honestly, who wants to live that way every day?
Not me. I bet you don’t either.
Good news! We don’t have to live an unhappy life just because life’s circumstances are unhappy. Joy comes from keeping our focus on God instead of our circumstances, and fostering a heart full of gratitude for what we do have and how He is meeting our needs, rather than what we don’t have and our perception of unmet needs.
All it takes to kick start a paradigm shift in your brain so you can begin thinking differently, feeling differently and living differently, is to ask God to help you begin a transformation of your mind, and then intentionally choose to be a more optimistic thinker, even if your circumstances remain the same.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (NIV) But I love how the Message Bible words this verse, “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.”
Are you bone tired, not just physically but mentally, emotionally and maybe spiritually? Are you fed up living with the false belief that you can’t be happy because your circumstances validate feeling unhappy? Are you living each day with a gloom and doom outlook and wish you could change? You can. Radically change the way you’re looking at things, and you and your life will radically change too.
If you’re ready to let God begin changing your life by changing your patterns of thinking, then sign up for my free 5 day Optimist Challenge CLICK HERE.
A positive mind leads to a positive life! Think happy!