Are you smiling or growling? SMILE!!! That was Alyssa. Always smiling, always finding the silver lining. Whenever her friends were having a bad day or looked down, Alyssa was there to cheer them up! But Dani? GRRRRR!!! Dani was the opposite. Dani could find the bad on the best of days. Constantly growling about something. And, whether Dani was aware or not, her negativity would bring down her friends when they were happy. Do you have a friend like Alyssa? Do you have a friend like Dani? Which one do you emulate in your life?
Happiness is a choice. It has been said many times and will be said many more times throughout your life, we cannot choose the circumstances and situations in our lives, but we can choose how we react to what life may bring. August is Happiness Happens Month! It is a month to recognize that in the midst of everything, happiness still happens, sometimes you just have to look for it!
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4, ESV)
Christians always have a reason to be happy - Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior! He is always with us, ever in our darkest hours! We are never alone! It is a joy that we should strive to share with others, for all should know true happiness that can only come through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, the world is not perfect and that joy that we should exude from knowing our Savior can often be overwhelmed by everyday problems. Happiness in our lives, and showing that happiness to others, is a choice we must make several times everyday.
What are you happy about? What joy to want to share with the world? With those around you?