On my trek this morning, I passed a small garden flag that caught my attention. I have to admit that this doesn’t happen often. There are so many signs and flags, I simply block them out. But this one spoke to me for some reason. It read “Why does happy only have an hour?” I couldn’t help but think how we do limit happy to certain times, don’t we? We limit happy to certain days. We will be happy when 5:00 gets here. Happy will be when we have a day off. Happy will be when the weekend comes. I’ll be happy when I retire…or my children are grown…or I get into shape…or any other condition we put on happy. Our world even has an hour for happy.
What if happy could happen at work? What if happy could be a part of our daily lives? Why can’t happy be a part of every hour – even if it is just a glimpse. Happiness doesn’t have to be based on things or events or times. It can be a state of mind. I think happiness is based on gratefulness. When we are grateful for what we have, we are happy with what we have. When we stop trying to obtain happiness in things and realize just how privileged we really are, we may find happiness. We might find happiness in simple activities if we change our mindset. We may find that happiness is within us all along.
What condition are you putting on happiness? What are you waiting to happen so that you can be happy? What if we were happy with the things we have been given, right now? Might that change our world? Happiness is here. Happiness is now. Happiness is being loved by an amazing God. We have every reason to be happy, right here, right now. O Happy Day!
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
9 O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
for those who fear him have no want.
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