Happiness…So, What About It?

Are you happy?  Are you enjoying your life?  Maybe not all parts, but mostly?  I am.  I can honestly say that I am enjoying my life in this season.  I have had some hard knocks.  That is for sure, but I am happy.  Now, do you know anyone who isn’t happy?  Someone who genuinely just has a poor outlook on their life.  I’m not saying some of their views aren’t warranted, but they just always have a negative point of view even when things are going right for them.  I know people like that.  It’s extremely frustrating for me at times.  I don’t know about you, but when this happens, it kind of makes it hard for me to enjoy the season I’m in.  Do you know what I mean? 

It’s like, when you speak with someone who may be having a rough day, you don’t want to follow the conversation with all of the good things happening in your day.  Now, picture that on a larger scale.  Someone who just always has it rough.  Some of it is just tough luck and a lot of it is them.  Their attitude, views, approach, behavior…it can make it hard for you to enjoy the good things in your life.  Why?  Well, we already stated one reason.  Because you don’t want to dump on all of your good fortune on someone who has had it rough.  Another reason is, hanging around or even just speaking with people in that season of their life can kind of pull you down as well.  You may not feel like celebrating the good things that come up in your own life. 

I am saying all of this because that has been the case for me.  In this particular season, I have known someone (very well) that has just had it rough this year.  I mean it seemed like nothing was going right.  I felt bad for them.  I would share some things that were going on in my life, but then as time went on, I would share less and less.  Mainly because I started to feel bad about being happy.  It’s strange how that happened, but it did.  I didn’t want to celebrate too much because I thought they would be upset with me or think I was bragging.  We are now in the last month of the year and I feel like I’m finally coming out of this fog.  I cannot allow someone’s unhappiness with their life, dictate when I testify of the goodness in my own.  I have personally overcome so many hurdles and have found myself in a season of thankfulness (even with my hard knocks), and I cannot contain that joy any longer.  

Ladies, we have to be okay with allowing people to go through their hardships without jumping into it with them all the time.  Are there moments when you will stand in the trenches and fight with your friends and family as they battle whatever obstacle they have? Yes, absolutely!  However, it won’t be all the time and it won’t be every obstacle.  Sometimes, they will go through it alone and you will be on the other side waiting for them, praying for them.  Sometimes they need to hear your good news to know that things will get better.  This is why I know that the feelings I had were from the enemy.  If the enemy can get you to stop talking long enough, he will be successful in hurting someone else.  So, I encourage you today to rejoice in your season.  Be happy about the blessings you have, be grateful about the things that you enjoy.  God has done so many things for so many people including myself and for me to stay quiet about it, would be a dishonor to Him.  In my opinion at least.  Be happy.