Our hearts do yearn for happiness and joy. Granted, financial success or worldly success is not what I am really writing about. I am writing about deeper happiness. Do you at times feel scared or worried about the present or future? Do you feel insecure? Do you feel unhappy? A wise woman addressed that very thing.
“We will not promise you happiness. We will not wish you security. For we remember that security is mortal’s chiefest enemy. And we know that you can be secure only when you can stand everything that can happen to you.” ~ Sr. M. Madeleva Wolff. That level of strength and gumption makes you strong, doesn’t it? Strength leads to happiness.
For my husband, and for me, true happiness comes from our faith, and from using our talents to make the world a better place. I would not trade our lives for the lives of the rich and famous. Life can and does bring many ups and downs. There are mountain-top days of supreme joy. There are times of loss and suffering. But we are in it for the long haul.
You may encounter people in your lives who “lord it over” those around them, or act as though they think you are beneath them. Here is what I have to say about that sort of attitude. It is what my mom has always said. “Feel sorry for them”. You see, if people look down on you, check yourself against God’s exhortations. Are you on His path? Are you using your talents? Are you loving and giving? If not, change it. If so, then relax. He is your director. It is His commands you follow. The timing of your blessings, challenges, and setbacks are part of your life’s tapestry.
Are the lord-it-overs speaking in truth? How do you know? Seek the counsel of those who are wise. They can help you keep things in perspective, and not be tossed about by the court of public opinion.
If you need to improve, do so. If you are spending your life the way God wants you to spend it, then you are on your right path. Some people will understand your path, and some will not. Do NOT let it deter you! If you can do even more to make the world better, then try to do so! Virtue is its own reward.
What do you think you can do to make your little world better? What virtue will you show today? How will you live your faith? How will you spend today according to your ethics?
There is joy right in front of you. Laugh a little today ~ and know that each day there is a pocketful of joy for you. My prayer for you today is that despite any heartache or heartbreak or setback you may be experiencing these days, you will make it through. Get up. keep fighting. You are definitely loved.