"I Just want to be happy!!!"
How many times have we heard that cry,either from those around us or even our own, frustrated hearts? Sometimes we think we will only be happy when things go the way we want them to go.When we don't have to work so hard to achieve what we desire. Or when we reach the goals we have set, whether financial or professional. Sometimes, as children of God, we believe true happiness is obtained when we see the fulfilment of our prayers. The truth is, the list of what we think happiness is, could go on forever and constantly change, depending on where we are in our lives.
Today I read a simple, yet profound statement that said,
"THANKFULNESS IS THE PREREQUISITE TO HAPPINESS, because ONLY A THANKFUL HEART CAN BE A HAPPY HEART." (Rick Renner - Sparkling Gems from the Greek Volume 2)
So, if happiness is our pursuit, and the Word tells us that a thankful heart is what is going to get us there - then let's take a look at what it really means to be THANKFUL!
BEING THANKFUL IS GOD'S WILL FOR US
Well, to start off, according to the Word of God in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, BEING THANKFUL IS GOD'S WILL for us. It says, "...in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
Oh, the amount of times I have sincerely confessed, "I just want to do God's will..."! I know you have too, in fact it's perfectly appropriate for every child of God to have the desire to follow the will of our Heavenly Father. And do you know what I have found to be true? It's these small, yet extremely important instructions that produce the greatest blessing when we apply them to our lives.
(On Wednesday I will continue to explore the topic of Thankfulness)