Let me ask you a question.
Are you happy?
Like right now.
In this very moment.
Are you content?
Are you settled?
If your answer is no, why not?
Are you waiting for something to happen or waiting to get something (or somebody) to be happy?
Let me ask you this.
Can you stand to be alone with yourself for more than a day? Can you sit still and just be for an extended period of time?
What if business slowed to a crawl or your job had an unexpected two-month shut down—hey, it happened to BlueBell—could you spend that time with just you and be OK?
If your answer is no, why do you think that is?
I’ve learned that joy and happiness are a choice.
Honestly they have very little to do with a huge windfall of cash, finding your significant other or having every material thing you ever wanted.
The Apostle Paul said he learned to be content in whatever state he found himself in. Whether he had a whole lot or very little, he was OK with it.
Ladies and gentlemen…that takes conscious effort.
That requires rejecting messages that say you’ll look great and feel great when you get the latest this, lose that or get something injected to enhance your assets.
It means dealing with inward envy of others who appear to be faring better than you.
I don’t think Paul was telling Timothy, man how come Barnabas got invited to go speak and I didn’t?
When you’re challenged to be still, all of your anxieties about every little thing seem to surface and you have to deal with you.
You have to ask yourself why are you so unsettled, why are you so unhappy, why are you secretly hating and what are you going to do about it?
If you’re settled and content, how much happiness could a new toy, a new job, a new client, a new love interest, really bring you? How long do you think that euphoria lasts before you’re looking for the next thing?
When do you get to live in the moment and enjoy that moment?