This blog post begins with a disclaimer: As I have mentioned before, I am not a Bible scholar. In fact, I am still working on being a Bible reader with any degree of consistency. So, having said that, here is my observation on the topic of Happiness:
Nowhere* (see "Update" below) in the Bible does it say we are to seek, nor are we guaranteed, to be "happy". Happiness is a human invention, based on circumstances and, essentially, reliant upon the presence of 'stuff' - anything and everything that can disappear in an instant. Which is why, I believe, God does not tell us anywhere in His Word that He cares, frankly, whether we're "happy". Think "happy", think "hollow". And God is definitely not about hollow.
But, you know what God does want us to have? JOY. That supernatural, indescribable, down-in-your-gut, scary-good knowledge that we are OK and we will always be OK. Because, well....because God is in charge, and we're not.
Now, I am not completely "anti-happy", and I really don't think God is, either. He does give us great moments in life -- blessings with nice things, puppies, flowers, dropping a dress size. I just think we spend way too much time pursuing Happiness when what we really need to seek is Joy. In fact, let me go as far as to say that if something (or someone) only makes you "happy", let it go.
So, I'm thinking maybe we don't need to be worrying so much about whether Mama is or ain't happy.
*Update: I love to read through my mom's Bible (she passed away - or what I like to call "changed addresses" - a few years ago) and see all her notes written in the margins as she studied and listened to sermons. Today, I found a note she made that said that "Happy" is mentioned in the Bible 24 times, while "Joy" is mentioned over 500 times. So, I stand a bit corrected. Thanks, Mom.
Recommended Read - A bit ironic that "happiness" is the title, but they are really talking "joy" here.
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