There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world. – Robert Louis Stevenson
Happy! Happy! Happy! More than a catch-phrase of Phil Robertson, happiness is the cry of every human heart. We seek happiness in every facet of our lives. We drive ourselves to the brink of insanity in search of this elusive virtue. People have made more money than Solomon writing books on how to get happy. We seek and search and delve and dig for the thing that will finally make us HAPPY! Except, there’s a problem…
Happy isn’t a formula. It’s not a recipe where you add the right ingredients in the right measures and get a perfect chocolate cake. Happy means different things for different people, so why do we bang our heads against the wall trying to do the same things the same ways to get the same results? The World tells us that we can “have it all!” Great job, perfect family, enriching social life, a house that would make Martha Stewart die of envy. It’s all in our reach, and if we don’t have all things things, well, you just aren’t doing it right. So what’s “IT” and how does one do IT right?
Here’s a revoluntionary thought. I don’t want it all. I’ve tried the whole plate-spinning, be-all-things-to-all-people, supermom-superwife-superwoman thing and it’s for the birds. This whole one-size-fits-all approach to life doesn’t work because “all” means different things to different people.
Whatever happened to just being satisfied with your life? Why do we think that we have to live up to every Pinterest page image that pops up on our screens? Who decides what my having it all even means?
My main problem has been letting other people define my priorities instead of listening to God and my own inner voice. When you are not true to yourself and what God’s call on YOUR life is, you will anything but happy. You will spin your wheels doing what everyone else wants and neglecting your true calling.
There’s a difference between being busy and feeling accomplished. Do you feel like you’re on a hamster wheel or are you working toward something that makes you excited to face the day? The best way we can impact the world is to be true to what God has called us to be and not be so worried about what everyone thinks we should be doing.
When it’s all said and done, isn’t it more important to be a “good and faithful servant” to God’s call than being all things to all people and accomplishing nothing significant? That’s where the true happiness is found.