I Make Myself Unhappy; God Makes Me Happy

I make myself unhappy.  Not intentionally, of course.  In fact, I do all sorts of things intending to make myself happy.  Many of them work…for a while. On the whole, however, I have never been able to make myself happy pursuing goals that I think will make me happy.  It can be a frustrating life.

On the other hand, when I serve God – that is, when I don’t seek the things I want, but rather the things He wants, I end up happy.  How does that work?

Let’s go over that again.  I forget about pursuing all the things that I want.  I look to Jesus Christ as my example and I imitate His selfless behavior.  I seek the good of others instead of myself.  I’m not doing anything to get what I want, and yet I find enormous satisfaction in this way of living.  I’m still stumped – I don’t know how this can be working!

I guess I should simply acknowledge that God made me; I did not make myself.  If this is the way He made life to work, then I should just accept it and not demand to understand it.  All I can say is, it appears that He designed the universe so that human beings operate at their best…when they love.

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2 Responses to I Make Myself Unhappy; God Makes Me Happy

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    Such an inspirational and lovely posting, Mike. Written with a humble heart and an honest mind. Thank you so much for this!

    What I am dying to say is that the world still is scrabbling about in the permanent haze of its search for happiness without God since it doesn’t know Him yet. But though we can’t see through the smoky air, God enables us to see even there where is seemingly nothing to see. My oh my, I’m hoping to be bare of “over-riddling” my comments here. 🙂 I merely wanted to say that regardless of the circumstances, He alone can make me happy, and plus, I know exactly what I need to ‘die happy’: I must drop the “un” from unhappy like God dropped the “un” from unseen by enlightening the eyes of the heart. I don’t know if this works, yet I am trying. 😉

  2. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    ‘All I can say is, it appears that He designed the universe so that human beings operate at their best…when they love.’
    I think it is true that love created by God reigns down from heaven in the world, Mike.

    I’m not too sure how His Love made me so unexpectedly happy, but His ongoing unconditional acceptance still moves me tremendously [Maybe this is due to the fact that I’m under the influence of His dizzy spells made in Heaven 🙂 ]. He makes me spread my wings to fly away with Him because I know that He will catch me if I fall.

    Because of Jesus’ continued support regarding this, I do the same with others who occasionally stumble or fall.
    For instance, if somebody hurts me – His Love helps me to feel no anger any more – I forgive him or her even before they could apologize [God’s work, not mine! And I don’t need three wishes or touch the heavens to become an angel 🙂 ]. Also, God made me capable of forgiving everyone who had never apologized to me. The simple result of this imparted forgiveness [i.e., God forgave me, thus I forgive others] is a foundation of peace in my heart nobody – except God, of course – could ever take away from me.
    Or in other words,

    “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 5:1)

    Finally it’s all about Him, that is, keeping faith and letting love find a way…

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