For years I hosted a radio show titled” Living Happy Everyday with Dr. LaSharnda.” My first published book was titled “When You Are Happy With You.” and my monthly contribution to a magazine is titled “Positive Faith.” I think you can sense how I tend to live my life and how I think I can help others do the same.I simply prefer looking at my life with an attitude of the glass “half-full” rather than “half-empty. It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would refuse to do the same.
Have you ever met someone who point out everything that is wrong with others? The see everything that is wrong with the state of the nation and with the world. Yet, they can’t see anything wrong with themselves. As the Bible says, “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5.
I have listened with an ear of cynicism to some who argue that God did not intend for us to be happy. Really? I have heard some say that God only cares about us preaching the gospel and making sure we are out in the world ministering and saving souls. Although, I agree that is very important and is the Great Commission, I still believe that God cares about every single thing that affects who we are both collectively and individually. The Bible says that we don’t have to worry about “stuff” because if He cares about the sparrows of the field, how much more do you think He cares about us; His children? Matthew 6:26. Sure He cares about our happiness. To me, there is no doubt in my mine regarding that.
I do want to say this though. It’s our responsibility to try and live happy and not just sit around waiting for Jesus to cause us to be happy. In Him is complete truth, so we should be happy about that. However, to live a happy life everyday takes intention. We have to be intentional in our thinking. In fact, we have to take control of our imaginations and emotions especially as we think and feel about people and situations. If we don’t, we will automatically find ourselves in a deeply negative and discouraging frame of mind.
Let’s face it, it is easy to complain. It is easy to see fault and it is easy to participate in gossip. It is easy to mumble and whine. It is easy to get disgusted, discouraged and down-right angry. It takes little to no effort for any of these emotions to happen. What takes effort is to not complain, not gossip, not mumble or whine. Think about it! It takes a considerable amount of effort to resist being discouraged, disgusted and angry. In fact, I have to tell myself when I find myself going down that rabbit-hole to stop it. Sometimes I have to be firm with myself and say it out loud—-STOP IT. It’s called taking your thoughts captive.
Did you know that the Bible reminds us to do just that? “We demolish arguments and every pretension that set itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ .2 Corinthians 10:5. See?
Listen, do you live a happy life? Do you want to? Does God care if you live happy? I say that He does care. In Ecclesiastes 3:12, it says this: “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.”
I couldn’t agree more!