Who’s happier than you?
March 20, 2014
Unless you shout out “Nobody,” consider it a rhetorical question. This post is about how happy YOU are! That’s because today is International Happiness Day, a celebration based on the assumption (one I agree with) that you can actually choose to be happy – and should.
The tendency of human nature is to base happiness on circumstances and/or stuff: relationships, money, living accommodations, body shape, etc. etc. etc. But it is a tendency that can – and should – be put off. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Okay, so he doesn’t say “I am come that might have happiness…” but he might as well have. An abundant life is one that is happy. Especially if it’s based on the teachings of Christ Jesus.
That doesn’t mean that things don’t come along that can challenge one’s sense of happiness. They can and do. But consider that Jesus also said, “whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” (Matt 7:24,25) In other words, even during the stormiest stretches, a happiness built on following our Master will not come crashing down.
Mary Baker Eddy explains it this way: “Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love.” (Science and Health p. 57) Pretty simple, don’t you think?
So, who’s happier than you? Nobody.
Be sure to share it today and everyday.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.