If you’re happy and you know it …

We’ve been talking a lot lately about being happy. About if it matters. Happiness is a new pair of those jeans and that bag and that new kitchen counter and those locally sourced organic cupcakes. Turn your ear and you will hear with unwavering conviction from the other side … Happiness is irrelevant. We should show up for God because He is. (You know I agree with the latter.)
The question should not be whether we show up for God because it makes us happy. The question I’m asking is this … Why aren’t we happy?
Jesus died. And rose again. Rose. From the dead! From. The. Dead.
Why aren’t we happy?
We have the freedom to sit in a cushiony pew in the A/C with a perfectly practiced praise team to lead us in music crafted with our Father in mind.
Why aren’t we happy?
Jesus came to this filthy earth. For you. For me. He bore our filthy sins. The perfect lamb was nailed to a cross and beaten and forsaken. He bore our sin. I had to say that one twice. Every sin that I have ever committed or ever would commit and a few I probably haven’t dreamed up yet. He chose death so that we might have life.
Why aren’t we happy?
He has promised us eternal life. With Him. At His side. Forever.
Why aren’t we happy?
He wiped away our sin. As a gift. Without any effort on our part. Without our works or our blood or even our tears. He just gave us salvation that He asked only we accept freely.
Why aren’t we happy?
He has this beautiful plan for our lives. Full of some hard roads because He gave humans free will and this world is broken and full of sin and the inexplicable. But, He has plans. For you. For me. Not to harm us and to give us a hope and a future.
Why aren’t we happy?
He promises to work ALL things together for our good for those called according to His purpose. (That’s all things all the time. All the time. Every single time.)
Why aren’t we happy?
He is. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the creator and the all knowing, all wise. He is love. He is able. He is above all and beyond all. His way is higher than the highest high and He reaches graciously into the lowest low of our lives to pluck us out and set our feet on a firm foundation. He is. And He gives us the blessing of being used for His plan. In His plan.
Why aren’t we happy?
We believed the lie of the world that happiness is a dollar away. A new pair of jeans away. We believed that the picket fence and the doting husband and the beautiful child were the purpose. There is no greater purpose than this — to glorify Him. His grace is enough.
SO why aren’t we happy?
When the storms rage and the picket fence begins to rot and fly away, when the children are sick, when the job is gone and the looks start to go … why aren’t we happy?
Because we believed the world and not The Word.
The word tells us His power is made perfect in weakness. The world tells us the storms will wash away all that matters. The word tells us that in this world WE WILL HAVE TROUBLE. But, HE has overcome the world. Overcome.
Why aren’t we happy?
I don’t mean mindless robots that do not acknowledge the hard. Acknowledge the hard! Embrace it. Let the breaking begin. Happy isn’t 24/7. It’s the spring that comes from a deep abiding joy rooted so concretely in the soul that even the very darkest of days cannot dry it completely. We are hard pressed but we are not destroyed. Our foundation cannot be shaken. Even when the house the world built is gone and all that the world tells us matters fades away, we are still overcomers because we are HIS.



About Amanda Jean Elliott

I am a joyful believer in Jesus Christ, a mother, a sister, a writer, a maker of gluten free roux and a style editor. I love my son Wilder and the wild life that comes with a 4-year-old who has the energy of a pack of wolves. I also love naps (a lot). I love to cook and create my favorite dishes without gluten not because I'm trendy and anti-gluten so much as it makes me feel like I've been run over by a pack of wolves. I teach 5th and 6th grade girls Sunday School and have a classroom of the greatest girls I could imagine. Girls who often teach me more than I teach them. I believe these girls and many others are the spark to start a fire for The Lord the likes of which this world has never seen. I see more and more girls learning about more than just who God is ... but, learning about who God says THEY are. It is my prayer for every woman to know without doubt that we have a good good Father in heaven and whatever is not right on this earth, He will make right in this life or the next.
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