How often have we said to ourselves “if only I have this I would be happy”? How often do we desire the next big thing? The next big smartphone? The next car, Only to start over again as soon as we attain it. What would you do if the answer to the question is not what, but who?
That was the question that hit me while watching “What Makes You Happy?” from Andy Stanley. A reminder that it’s not about what I do in life that’ll bring happiness but who we do it for, and that truly happy people are those who are in peace with God and with themselves.
I often get jealous of someone’s accomplishments and thought for myself that, “only if I had their job, or only if I had a car”. I often compared how everyone else’s lives seemed to be so fast paced when I seemed stuck. Often have I blamed God for not letting me go further than I should. But I had to learn that I had to let my selfishness go and trust the plan that God has for me.
Having peace with God paves the way for peace with ourselves and with others. Romans 5:1-2 says “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.” Peace is more than just the absence of conflict but a result of having been declared righteous by faith. We boast to express our trust in God and the promise he has promised us. Not only did the peace I had with God help me be content with what I have but it also revealed God’s plans for me.
This series served as a constant reminder for me that I was made for more than myself and I can’t acquire, consume, or exercise my way to happiness. But I have to serve and volunteer my way there. And if I live my life all about myself, I would never be happy.