A friend who has been struggling with some tough issues recently declared, “There is no such thing as a happy life!” She’d hit a place of frustration and desperation and felt that the possibility of ever finding true happiness was slipping further out of her reach.
Here’s the thing. She’s right! There is no such thing as a “happy life”. The truth is that while we do have moments of happiness in our lives, those moments are temporary and fleeting. We live in a fallen world where bad stuff happens all the time. A happy life is a fantasy. And, if a happy life is what you or I are after, we will almost always be disappointed.
Now, a life of purpose is an entirely different thing, and it is entirely attainable. To live a life of purpose is to recognize that you have a unique set of gifts, passions and experiences and then to actively seek ways to use those things to bless and serve others. A life of purpose is sometimes happy and sometimes heartbreaking. It’s exciting and exhausting. It’s adventurous and all-consuming. When you are living with purpose you feel both right at home and completely out of your comfort zone at the same time. And, it’s awesome.
Do yourself a favor. Don’t ask God for happiness. Ask him for purpose. Ask him to show you what you were made to do and where the world needs you the most. Then ask him for the courage to surrender whatever might be holding you back from the work you’ve been called to do.
I’m pretty sure that once you have grabbed hold of your purpose and have begun living it out, you’ll discover that happiness is overrated, anyway.
I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.
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