Be Happy Again

Are you a damaged human being? What are your ailments? Constant headaches, low energy, aches, pains, tense muscles, or are you nervous with cold and sweaty palms, walking around with clenched jaws, and grinding your teeth? Do you suffer heart palpitations, anxiety attacks, ulcers, and are known to have violent outbursts of anger? Do you have a mental health problem, eating disorders, or are you obese? Then, you might well be worn out by the demands of the world.

You might have a lack of appetite, hooked on alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes. Maybe you are pacing the floor, fidgeting at home, and work. You just can’t seem to settle down. Because of this behavior, you might be unable to marshal your thoughts, and focus at work. With such afflictions, you might also be afflicted with chronic diseases – diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic renal failure, or congested heart failure. These might all be symptoms that you are burnout, bored, emotionally overloaded, and unappreciated.

More signs showing that you are worn out with the world, are when you don’t sleep well at night, have no sexual desire, and fear going to work. This could all be because of the rat race you are a part of. Constantly popping pills, suffering from frequent colds and infections, you don’t seem able to keep away from the doctor’s office, because you’re so unrelentingly stressed.

Do you have a competitive spirit? That’s what the world taught you from childhood. “Be the best that you can. The sky is the limit.” You were coerced in joining the bandwagon of competitors. You’re now in overdrive, working 16 hours per day. Hooked on your technological devices – smart phones and laptop computers, you just can’t even find time, to read a book. Although being overweight, with bad eating habits, physical activities aren’t a part of you daily routine. You fail to take the warning from the quotation anthologist, Terri Guillemets (b. 1973) who says, “If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.” So, now you are paying the price.

How can you be happy again?

It was the British philosopher, Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) who observed, “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” You’ve always felt this way. There’s a huge price to pay with trying to keep up with the Joneses. Your life is now in disarray. It’s time to slow down and smell the roses.

The first step is to continue seeing your doctor for treatment, take medications as prescribed, and follow his advice . It might be that you should be having counseling, but remember not to keep God, out of the picture. Pray to him. He’ll provide for your every need. You’ll find that knowing our Lord and Jesus Christ will profoundly bring to your life, peace, love, joy, and hope. It isn’t that you will no longer have problems, but with his spiritual grounding, he’ll defend you from bad experiences, you have been having.

It isn’t that you will not become ill, but through our Lord’s grace, you’ll be able to put matters in their proper perspective. It’s true, Christians do suffer. Some saints did so willingly, for redemptive purposes, but others have prayed for healing, and were healed. It’ll be important in your Christian walk to bring all things – good and bad, before the Lord. Then, your life will have the basics of purposeful= driven living. Bear in mind that we were never meant to be competitive by the way we live. All gifts in the Lord’s eyes are equal. Talents could be observed in every part of the body of Christ. An eye can’t say to a foot, “I’m more important than you.” We’re all important and talented in our own way. This is what you ‘ll discover in living successful lives.

State of Blessedness

It’s good to live in a state of blessedness where there’s glory and honor. Much of this is achieved by a person living with the great dignity. In his or her joy, he or she will proclaim the victory won by the risen Christ. Known for his or her discerning spirits, such a person will traverse a path of holiness in the strength of the spirit. He or she will live to see his or her hopes come to fruition.

Charles Stanley (b. 1932), senior pastor of First Baptist Church in northern Atlanta, Georgia, founder and president of In Touch Ministries observed, “To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God’s responses.” Being in a state of blessedness means that we are prepared to listen willingly to the plight even the least among us – the poor, hungry, suffering, homeless, and exploited.

Holy Cheerfulness

A person who is holy is filled with an admiration for Christ and known for living in a Christian way. He or she accomplishes this putting all their might in works and singing hallelujahs to a risen Christ. In this blessed state, there are marked expressions of majestic sounds with sweet melodies praising God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mourning and suffering, crying, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, won’t be impediments to such true Christians, because they know that they are traveling consciously towards heaven.

C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963), a novelist, poet, literary critic, theologian, and Christian apologist, reminded us, “We all want progress, but if you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” Simply put, if a man or woman finds himself or herself careening down the wrong path, he or she must not give up, the lesson is to turn back and go down the road which leads to salvation.

The Highest Praise

The blessed praise God by raising their voices to heaven. He and she will have praises flow effusively out of their mouth from the depths of their being. These praises may also emanate from the chords of stringed instruments which accompany a choir at church. This praise will be an overflowing fountain of joy and delight celebrating the victory Christ has won on the cross. Christians most honorable work are blessed by Christ. It’s their witnessing, being in awe spiritually, with Christ being the center of every activity. Such persons’ praise in the spirit is spiritually animated.

Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982), a Russian-born American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter wrote in her book Fountainhead, “I could die for you. But I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, live for you.” This is exactly what Jesus did for us. However, as men and women we have to live our own lives, make choices, mistakes, and if we are on the wrong track, turn back and seek what’s right, like Lewis previously observed.

Flame of Love

A blessed spirit will display a pure flame of love. His or her whole life for eternity is filled with an ever-present light. Each person has to undertake an action of blessedness which will never cease. Their infinite brightness enlightens any lingering darkness in the inner recesses of their being. His or her love will never fail and drive away the filth which tarnishes them. By His grace of love, divinity, and authenticity there’s an empowering service. These attributes lead to the gift of salvation.

Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828 – 1889), an English theologian and bishop of Durham, pointed out, “Eternal truth, eternal righteousness, eternal love; these only can triumph, for these only can endure.” Obviously, for a believer the road of a blessed life is a triumphant one. All, he or she has to do, is to commit to a Christian faith tradition, grow with, and in it, and be everlastingly blessed in this state of divinity.