The other day I was browsing the Internet and I ran across this simple statement:
Find things to be happy about.
To me, this short sentence is incredibly profound and meaningful.
Happiness Is a Choice
Life is like a rapidly flowing river. It is a rushing, turbid mess full of all kinds of things. As these things rush by, you choose what you want to focus on and how to interpret each one. You also choose your reaction to each thing.
You can either find things to be happy about or you can find things that make you sad, fearful and angry.
You can choose to see God working all things together for your good. Or you can fixate on the negative and ignore God all together.
You can focus your mind on Jesus or you can let your thoughts jump from one joy-stealing image to another.
Here is the reason that happiness is important:
Our actions are a direct result of our thoughts. If we have a negative mind, we will have a negative life. ~ Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
Our actions flow from our thoughts. Negative thoughts lead to poor performance.
Please don’t think I’m preaching at you. This lecture is squarely aimed at me. I confess this is something I struggle with. I constantly need to be reminded that there is a battle going on for control of my mind and, therefore, my life. Far too often, I become battle-weary and let my mind go its own way. As a result, I let negative emotions takeover.
Instead, I want to intentionally find things to be happy about. In every moment of life, I want to practice gratitude, focus on the positive and cultivate joy. I want to choose happiness!
A Happy, Joyful Attitude Is Important
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 ESV
I cannot allow my spirit to be crushed. In every moment as the river goes rushing by, I must find things to be happy about. I have to OWN my thoughts and focus them where I want them to be.