What is true happiness.
When I was a young child my parents did what most adults seem to be doing. They worked, provided for their family and searched for happiness.
“A lie believed as true will effect your life as if it were true”. ~Craig Groeschel
They worked best they could to provide for my Sister and I, but I’m not really sure if they gained the true happiness part of living life. No they didn’t never really seem too happy about life itself
What can bring us true happiness? Better income, health, maybe better relationships or is it something else?
You see, my parents wanted and got the American dream; you know the nice home, car, wardrobe and food on the table etc., but something was always missing.
Well I never got to find out what was missing. Mom died at 42 years of age of cancer and Dad well, he is still alive at 88 years of age and in a rehab center unable to think. He never seems happy today.
Because of my parents behavior I once believed the lie of what I thought was happiness. However, I think I figured it out.
I once read in the book a writer by the name of Paul said while writing to the people that supported him and funded his work: He said,
“Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little.I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. I don’t mean that your help didn’t mean a lot to me—it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles”.
The mind can be tricky and although this writer was in prison when he wrote this he was free. He was happy. Did you get it? It was because of the One who made him who he was.
Who is making you who you are?
What is making you unhappy? It is probably a lie of who is making you who you are. Be careful of trying to keep up with the Jones’ or Smith’s. You can't be all things to all people.
I think that was Mom and Dad’s problem. They were trying to be accepted amongst the masses. Remaining in a place of discontentment is bad.
I’ve learned to be happy in whatever circumstance. This is something to be learned.
I want to also share this with you and thank you to the author of the book; Winning the War in your Mind by Craig Groeschel he said “A lie believed as true will effect your life as if it were true”.
Your business and life will grow when you grow. Remain happy within and it will show up externally. You reap what you sow...
Some questions to help you think about overcoming discontentment. Answer these questions and you will grow in your thinking.
1) What specifically will change in your day to day activities as a consequence of your new understanding of happiness?
2) What are the implications of these changes on your short, medium and long-term goals?